What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve can also be referred to as a herniated, slipped disc, bulging disc, ruptured disc or even degenerative disc disease. They’re all essentially the same, just depends on who you talk to. The most common terms are bulging or herniated disc.
In real terms, a pinched nerve needn’t have to be associated with a disc – a muscle or other structures can pinch a nerve as well. Classic examples of this are seen in conditions such as piriformis syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.
What causes a pinched nerve?
The two most common reasons for having a pinched nerve are a bulging disc and muscular imbalances, both are most commonly the result of “postural dysfunctions.” ‘These dysfunctions put abnormal pressure on the disc that will cause increased wear with time. Finally, the weak point will give way and come into contact with the nerve that gives you pain. The most common cause of these dysfunction is from the forward head position.
It is important to understand that neither the pinching or pressure on a nerve occur overnight. You can become symptomatic very quickly but it takes a long time until conditions are right for the offending structures to be put under enough pressure to cause pain.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Most of the complaints range from local pain to radiating pain, numbness and tingling or pins and needles. Depending on where the herniation is, you may experience pain in arm pain, hand, wrist, fingers and thumb or a combination of any of these.
What are the most common treatments for a pinched nerve?
The most common mainstream treatments are cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, chiropractic and therapeutic exercises.
There are more than a handful of surgical procedures for a herniated disc, all of which have two main objectives: To take pressure off the nerve and stabilize the joints.
Pinched nerve treatments and Why they most commonly fail?
Most traditional treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms to your problem and do not address the cause. Your herniated or bulging disc is a physical problem, and it requires a physical solution. There are no pills or injections that can create postural balance in the body, which is what is necessary to reduce pressure on the nerve.
You need to do certain therapeutic exercises which help push the disc in the opposite direction, away from the nerve. Then you are getting at the problem. However, to remain pain free you need to remove the major causes that put you in this position in the first place.
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