Pinched nerves cause tremendous amounts of pain and usually happen at the worst possible times. This can cause stress which will inevitably make the nerve pain even worse.
There are a few treatment options for pinched nerve pain other than medications. These treatments are generally recommended first before nerve pain medication is administered to try to alleviate the issue without medical intervention.
Keep reading to learn more about treatments for pinched nerve pain that can help you, well, in a pinch.
Pinched nerves cause inflammation to the muscles surrounding them. Ice should be used to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Simply grab an ice pack or wrap some ice in a light towel and hold it directly onto your pinched nerve for 10-15 minutes. You can remove the ice pack for ten to fifteen minutes and put it back on again if the pain doesn’t cease.
Don’t ice for more than an hour in 10-15 minute increments.
Because the muscles are inflamed, they are also tight and tense, causing the pinched nerve to remain pinched. A heating pad or heat pack will increase blood flow to these muscles to relieve pressure and help to start the healing process.
You can wear a heating pad for 10-15 minutes at a time as long as you need to feel relief.
A pinched nerve can simply be the result of bad posture.
In order to relieve the pain, you can change the position in which you are standing or sitting to release pressure on the nerve. Once you find a position that is comfortable, remain there as long as possible. This will help alleviate the pain and relax the muscles and the nerves so they can start to heal.
Small movements can have a big impact on nerve pain. Simple stretches can help relieve the pressure on your nerve and begin to improve your symptoms. You shouldn’t stretch too deeply but keep it light and feel for pain and discomfort. Stop or ease your stretch when you begin to feel even slight discomfort so as not to cause more inflammation or pressure.
The best medicine for any type of nerve pain is simply resting. You need to do your best to avoid any activity that causes pain, such as cleaning, vacuuming or even texting (looking down).
You should rest until the symptoms are completely gone and pay attention to how your body feels when you begin moving again. If there is any pain upon return to activity, try going back through the treatments discussed here and rest some more.
BONUS: Chiropractic Care for Pinched Nerve Pain
Nerve pain can become a debilitating issue that does eventually require medical care. But it can still be helped without medications. Chiropractors are specialized in shoulder, neck and back pain. Nerve pain stems from the spine and therefore can be relieved with chiropractic care.
If you’ve tried all the home treatments you can think of and you’re still experiencing pinched nerve pain, contact us!