What is a pinched nerve?
A nerve should slide kind of like dental floss in between your teeth. When it doesn’t slide like dental floss its going to get caught…… “A pinch nerve”
An irritation of the nerve somewhere along its path. A pinched nerve is quite a colloquial term for radiculopathy. Common radiculopathies are:
Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back.
- Cervical radiculopathy
A pinched or irritated nerve in the neck causing pain, numbness or weakness radiating into the chest or arm.
- Thoracic radiculopathy
A rare disease of the root of a nerve in the middle (thoracic) section of the spine.
Where can you pinch a nerve?
Often patients will describe:
- A pinched nerve neck
- A pinched nerve in leg
- A pinched nerve in shoulder
- A pinched nerve in shoulders and neck
- A pinched nerve in upper back
What can you do for pinched nerves?
As chiropractors we will asses listen, investigate, think and then come up with a plan. Manage your pain, get it moving, get you stable then get you stronger so it doesn’t happen again. The body is brilliant at adapting and compensating, often things don’t work in isolation. We will address the entire kinetic chain to prevent the likelihood of reinjury/reoccurrence, therefore you have better outcomes.
How long will it take to fix a pinched nerve?
That depends! On a variety of factors on both the chiropractors part and the patients part. It takes two to tango to get someone well fast.
The chiropractor must execute a good clinical history and great assessment and be on point with their diagnosis of your condition. This requires listening, clinical reasoning and experience to come up with an accurate diagnosis as well as to judge whether further imaging is required.
The patient has basically got to do what their told. Right! If patients actively participate in their rehabilitation they are going to get the best and quickest outcomes whilst reducing the chance of re-injury.