An osteopath is highly trained to diagnose the exact location of the nerve irritation and once this has been found, can effectively treat to reduce the tension and irritation gently, safely and effectively.
Who can sort out a trapped nerve?
Chiropractors are trained to carry out full neurological and physical examinations and, through their use, can provide accurate diagnoses, screening for sinister pathologies at the same time. This process can usually be completed in 30-45 minutes, but can take longer in complex cases.
What happens when a trapped nerve is released?
A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
What is the best treatment for a trapped nerve?
The most frequently recommended treatment for pinched nerve is rest for the affected area. Your doctor will ask you to stop any activities that cause or aggravate the compression. Depending on the location of the pinched nerve, you may need a splint or brace to immobilize the area.
How painful can a trapped nerve be?
Because nerves carry a range of sensations, how a trapped nerve feels can vary greatly. Most of the time, a trapped nerve feels like tooth-ache, but running down your arm or leg. Often this is accompanied by neck or back pain, with some limitation of movement.
How long does a trapped nerve last?
Will a pinched nerve go away on its own? How long does it take? Yes, most will with time (normally four to six weeks). You can improve symptoms with rest and pain medications such as naproxen, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
What happens if you let a pinched nerve go untreated?
If left untreated, it may lead to permanent nerve damage. The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve include neck pain that travels down the arms and shoulders, difficulty lifting things, headache, and muscle weakness and numbness or tingling in fingers or hands.
Do muscle relaxers help a pinched nerve?
You can often get relief from your symptoms by adding medication to your treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help the pain caused by nerve inflammation. Over-the-counter muscle relaxers can also provide a certain degree of relief as well.