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Treatment for Pinched Nerve Pain

According to physical therapy sciences, a pinched nerve is the result of a dysfunction of the spine that creates nerve irritation causing severe soreness and pain in the back and neck. When the surrounding tissues of a nerve that include bones, cartilage, muscles and tendons are subject to extra pressure, the nerve’s natural function is disrupted causing acute and chronic pain. Physical Therapy care offers relief for persistent numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the back, arms, shoulders, feet, hands or legs. A qualified Healthfx Physiotherapy Physiotherapist will design effective treatment plans for pinched nerves that provide significant pain relief and help to prevent long term damage.

Causes of Pinched Nerves

In addition to traumatic injury, pinched nerves may be caused by repetitive motions, sudden twists or turns or by remaining in a stationary position for an extended period of time. Other signs of a pinched nerve include numbness and loss of sensation in the area of an affected nerve, burning or aching that cannot be ignored, and a sensation often termed as a “pins and needles’ in your foot, commonly referred to as a foot that has, “fallen asleep”. In advanced and severe cases, pinched nerve problems may result in acute muscle weakness due to excessive nerve irritation and if not identified and treated promptly can result in a decrease of muscle size and function. Early diagnosis and physical therapy treatment are recommended to avoid permanent injury.

Consult With a Healthfx Physiotherapy Physiotherapist for a Pinched Nerve Problem When:

  • You are having difficulty looking over your shoulder (when backing up in your vehicle for example) and your range of motion has been noticeably reduced.
  • Tilting your head back or raising your arms causes pain when you pull your clothes over your head.
  • You must turn your whole body around rather than just your head to look behind you.

Problems With the Sciatic Nerve

Sciatic nerve pain, also known as sciatica is recognized as pain that travels from the lower back down to the leg. Responsible for the transmission of discomfort rom the lumbar area of the lower back to the lower extremities, sciatic nerve pain can radiate to the hip and buttock and may intensify by merely coughing, sneezing or even simply sitting for short periods of time.

How Can a Physical Therapy Help With Pinched Nerve Pain?

If you are experiencing discomfort due to a pinched nerve, a Healthfx Physiotherapy physiotherapist can offer relief for painful symptoms as well provide long term healing at any stage of a condition related to a pinched nerve. Patients undergo a complete physical examination including a thorough medical history evaluation to determine the underlying cause of a pinched nerve problem. Physiotherapy care involves postural decompression strategies, gentle manual therapy, laser therapy and muscle relaxation through gentle spinal treatments. Therapeutic massage may also be used in addition to exercises and advice about posture and modification of activity as part of a complete physical therapy plan. Healthfx Physiotherapy physiotherapist focus on treating the whole person to promote overall health and wellbeing in addition to relieving specific symptoms. This may modifying activity in such a way that you can continue to safely work, take care of your family, and maintain an active lifestyle. 

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