Everyone has felt it – that sharp, stabbing pain in our shoulder, leg or neck. Sometimes we attribute it to a sports injury or blame it on getting old. Many feel the only way to treat this pain is to take pain killers or simply live with it. But ‘pinched nerves’ are a pain you don’t have to live with and there are some simple strategies to help ease the pain and tension forever.
Know Your Pain
Many diseases and medical conditions can mask themselves as pain in the arms, shoulders or legs such as heart attacks, stroke or arthritis. Consult with your medical professional to ensure the pain you are experiencing isn’t something more dangerous or life threatening.
Understand Your Pain
A pinched nerve is the result of a nerve that is under pressure. Symptoms can include tingling, burning sensation, numbness or shooting pains in the legs, neck, shoulder or arms. Pinched nerves can also reflect pain in other areas of the body.
- A pinched nerve in the back may cause pain to the calf area of the leg.
- A nerve root impingement in the neck may cause pain or weakness in the forearm.
- A lower back or lumbar-sacral spine can result in pain in the foot.
The effects of a pinched nerve can take many painful forms such as paraplegia, sciatica and Lyme disease.
Treat Your Pain
The team at Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre works with patients to come up with a care plan that will lead to a long-term pain-free life. A chiropractor or massage therapist can help you get on the path to better health and wellness through spine adjustment, particularly in the areas of lumbar pain. It is important to take action as soon as possible to prevent further nerve damage from occurring. Ignoring the problem can result in permanent damage or the deadening of nerves. Evaluate the activities that cause the pain and find out if there are ways to reduce the strain on your body or avoid the pain all together.
Chiropractic and massage treatment can help relax the tension around these muscles and help revive the blood flow in these areas. This releases the strain on the muscles and prevents pain from reoccurring.
To arrange a consultation call the Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre at 905-827-4197 or visit the offices at 205-1131 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville.