The network of nerves called the central nervous system (CNS) is centered around the brain and spinal region. The nervous system comprises of about 100 billion neurons that receive and relay signals.
These nerves are important message carriers that convey signals of pain and other sensory experiences. These signals act as warnings against an action or condition that risk your physical health.
A pinched nerve, as the name suggests, is a nerve compression that releases painful symptoms which demand your attention.
The damage resulting from a pinched nerve may be minor or major, and lead to long-run consequences as well. Past experiences have shown that early diagnoses have resulted in mitigating damage and faster recovery. Here are some forms of treatments that can be sought for this condition.
Rest is the most widely suggested treatment for pinched nerves. Your consultant will most likely prescribe complete bed rest until you recover completely. However, in order to restrict mobility completely, you might need a brace or splint. This will depend on the location of the injury.
Physical therapy is a tried and tested method of treatment for muscular and nervous complications. It’s an equally efficient treatment for pinched nerves. Depending on the location of pinched nerves, your therapist may ask you to practice trap stretch (for trapezius muscles), chin tuck (for neck muscles), neck bend, and shoulder rolls.
The pain of suffering from a pinched nerve can be unbearable. Also known as cervical radiculopathy, pinched nerve is known to cause pain that radiates into the shoulder blades and ends up in numbness in the arms and hands. This is why medical practitioners prescribe medication for pain relief.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) are common kinds of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can be taken as painkillers. Severe pain can become severely disabling and cause inflammation. For that, the patient may also be given corticosteroid injections.
The severity and intensity of pain in case of pinched nerves may vary from case to case. While some may benefit from pain pills, others may not show much improvement even with physical therapy sessions.
This is when surgery is opted as the last resort. Excessive pressure on the nerves can be damaging for long-term wellness and this is why surgery is an urgent measure to take. It may involve removing part of the herniated disk in the spine or bone spurs to create room for the compressed nerve.
Professionals at Divergent Health in Calgary try their best to avoid any case from worsening to the point that the need for surgery arises. They specialize in massage therapy and offer their services to relieve pain caused by pinched nerves. Book an appointment right away if you’re in pain.