Pinched nerves are caused by something either inside or outside the body that is pressing against the nerve. When this happens, the nerves become irritated, inflamed, and can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. A doctor or chiropractic care provider refers to a pinched nerve as nerve entrapment or nerve compression.
One of the most challenging features of a pinched nerve is that the pain tends to be projected into a part of the body remote from the cause. This makes diagnosis a challenge. Your doctor can perform special tests that allow for the location of the pinched nerve to be discovered.
Diagnosing the Source of Pain From a Pinched Nerve
Pinched nerves can occur in nearly any location in the body. One of the most common locations is in the shoulder or the arm. There are four different tests a doctor can perform to discover the location of a pinched nerve. They are:
Nerve Conduction Study (NCS):
This is a test that measures the electrical impulses of nerves inside muscles using electrodes placed on the skin. This method can differentiate between normal nerve activity and the activity of damaged nerves.
During this test, the medical professional places a needle into muscles where a pinched nerve is suspected to exist. Similar to the NCS, the EMG can differentiate between normal nerve activity and the activity of damaged nerves. This test is used when the damaged nerve is believed to be buried in deep tissue where an NCS cannot detect it.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):
Using powerful magnetic field imaging, this technique scans for irregular nerve activity along multiple planes.
This test uses sound waves to discover irregular nerve activity.
Treatment for Pinched Nerves
There are a variety of effective treatments for pinched nerves. The primary treatments are pain medication, surgery, and physical therapy. Your chiropractic professional at the Bowman Chiropractic Center in Arlington always prefers the least invasive treatments and those which involve the fewest unwanted side effects.
Physical therapy is always the best long term solution for pinched nerves. While medications and surgery may sometimes be necessary- the goal of physical therapy is to improve posture, strength, and to reduce or eliminate the possibility of future similar injuries.
Your chiropractic professional can provide a range of supportive treatments such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture and more. These are proven therapeutic modalities that reduce pain and the chance for injury to re-occur.
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