Chiropractic care for pinched nerve (radiculopathy) is probably the most effective way to get rid of nagging or excruciating pain linked to this particular nervous system problem. Our chiropractors at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation can easily treat you with spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, or pregnancy chiropractic, depending on the cause. These holistic, non-invasive therapies are performed at our wellness centers in Houma and Thibodaux, LA. Treating the symptoms right away can prevent chronic pain, limited movement, and surgery.
The Nervous System
The brain and the nerves in the spinal column make up the nervous system. The nerves send sensory information from the body to the brain and influence how the brain perceives pain. Compression or pinching of a spinal nerve disrupts this function leading to acute or chronic pain.
Pinched Nerve Causes and Risk Factors
Vertebral misalignments from an accident, repetitive motion, or poor posture may cause musculoskeletal structures to press on the nerve. Soft tissue injury and swelling from whiplash can pinch the nerve in the cervical spine. Low back injuries or weight from pregnancy can squeeze the nerve roots in the lumbar spine (sciatica). Other risk factors are::
- Bone spurs
- Spinal stenosis
- Disc degeneration
- Bulging or herniated discs
Common Symptoms of Nerve Impingement
A dull aching, sharp, or burning pain in the neck or lower back is common due to irritation or inflammation of the nerve. The pain might radiate to the shoulders, arms, hands, hips, buttocks, or lower extremities. Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation is possible. The symptoms may intensify when standing or sitting for long periods of time or make it difficult to move.
Pinched Nerve Treatment From Our Chiropractors in Thibodaux and Houma
In addition to a detailed physical exam, we will X-ray the spine to look for irregularities affecting the nervous system. Patients typically see a noticeable improvement in their symptoms when we include these pain-free solutions in their holistic treatment plan:
Spinal Adjustments: Your chiropractor will correct the misalignment by mobilizing the displaced joint, bone, or soft tissue back into position. Moving them away from the nerve reduces inflammation, alleviates pain, and restores function between the brain and spine.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: Your chiropractic physician will use a special traction technique to gently stretch and realign the spine. Elongating and restoring the spine helps ruptured discs to retract between the vertebrae and releases the pressure on the nerve.
Our complementary therapies, including massages and special exercises, are designed to increase mobility and accelerate healing. Your doctor may also recommend certain foods to help boost your immunity.
Effective Surgery-Free Therapies from Our Chiropractors in Houma and Thibodaux
Our chiropractic team at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation has many years of cumulative experience diagnosing and treating pinched spinal nerves. To request an appointment, call our Houma clinic at 985-873-8585 or the Thibodaux location at (985) 447-2225.