Many of our patients don’t quite understand what a pinched nerve is. They come in saying their pain is not muscular; it’s a pinched nerve. Or they say their pinched nerve is acting up. Let us clear up what exactly a pinched nerve is, what can cause it, and ways to treat it.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a nerve that has unhealthy pressure on it. There are multiple culprits for this:
- Muscle tension or enlargement
- Vertebrae or other bones in a joint positioned incorrectly, right where a nerve is
- Scar Tissue
- Bone Spurs or stenosis (narrowing of bony spaces)
- Enlarged or inflamed tissue taking up more space than it should
You don’t just wake up one morning with a pinched nerve. Something else is going on in your body that causes it. When we treat your pinched nerve, we need to understand what is happening in your body so we can manage it properly.
What Can Cause a Pinched Nerve?
- Poor posture
- Repetitive strain
- Blunt force injury
- Disc degeneration
- Disc herniation
They are often caused by a combination of scenarios such as repetitive strain leading to poor posture, leading to muscles pulling bones out of position, leading to a pinched nerve. Another scenario is poor posture leading to stress on discs, allowing bones to rub against each other, creating bone spurs that grow large enough to press on a nerve. See how complex it can be?
How Do We Treat a Pinched Nerve?
Often times, people get a wellness massage to treat their pinched nerve. Therapy that feels relieving is great, but if you do not address the underlying cause, the problem will not go away. If you keep getting a treatment that only makes you feel better for a few days the issue will eventually get worse and become permanent.
Our orthopedic massage therapists are trained to perform comprehensive assessments of each patient. These exams include a history of injuries and current activities, posture and gait analysis, and a review of X-ray and MRI findings. After the assessment, we develop a customized treatment plan. If your injuries require treatment outside of orthopedic massage therapy, we will collaborate with other health care practitioners in Sacramento so we can make sure you get the care you need.
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, give us a call at(916) 488.4223. We will gladly help you find the cause of the problem and take steps towards fixing it.