Do I Have Pinched Nerves?

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Let’s talk about pinched nerves today! As pinched nerves is a condition that can affect one’s quality of life, early assessment and intervention can really help speed up the healing process. In case you missed it, we previously discussed pinched nerves in our vlog, which provides valuable insights into the condition (click here to watch).

Today, let’s revisit the topic and identify if YOU have pinched nerves, and what to do, if you do!

What are pinched nerves?
Pinched nerves, also known as nerve compression or nerve impingement, can affect anyone of any age. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling and sharp shooting pain that may cause discomfort in the neck down to the arm, hand and fingers, upper middle back, lower back or legs, even at rest. 

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While certain activities put you at a higher risk- such as weightlifting or repetitive movements, simple ones like prolonged sitting in poor posture i.e. at a desk for too long may also exacerbate the condition. Which is why pinched nerves affect everybody, from office workers to athletes, daily joggers and gym enthusiasts, who encounter pinched nerves due to the constant strain imposed on the nerves and the spinal disc.

Look out for these 5 Signs of Pinched Nerves
Before seeking professional help, it is helpful to recognise preliminary indications of pinched nerves. 

  • Decreased sensation or numbness in the area supplied by the compressed nerve.
  • Sharp, aching or burning pain that can radiate outward from the affected area.
  • Tingling or the feeling of pins and needles (paresthesia) 
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area- leading to difficulties in movement and reduced strength.
  • Frequent episodes of a foot or hand “falling asleep” with little to no sensations.

What to do if you have pinched nerves
If you suspect you have a pinched nerve, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional such as a chiropractor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In the meantime, here are some general recommendations for managing pinched nerves:

  • Rest: Avoid activities that aggravate the symptoms and give your body time to heal. Limit movements that put pressure on the affected area.
  • Apply cold or heat packs: Cold packs can help reduce inflammation and numb the area, while heat packs can relax muscles and improve blood circulation. Alternate between the two to see which provides more relief.
  • Do gentle stretches: Depending on the location of the pinched nerve, certain stretches and exercises may help relieve pressure and improve mobility. 
  • Maintain good posture: Poor posture can contribute to nerve compression. Pay attention to your posture, especially when sitting or standing for extended periods. Use ergonomic equipment and make necessary adjustments to support your spine and minimise the strain on your nerves.

What if that does not work for you? 
If you suspect you have pinched nerves, it is crucial to take appropriate action as early as possible. Chiropractic therapy offer effective recovery methods for individuals of all ages dealing with pinched nerves to ease the condition, through personalised treatments targeted to your specific condition to alleviate pain and promote healing.

At My Chirocare chiropractic clinic here in Singapore, we understand the impact of pinched nerves on your quality of life. If you suspect you may have pinched nerves or require a professional diagnosis, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us here. Our dedicated chiropractors Grace, Nin Kee and Michelle are here to help you recover, relieve pain and restore your overall health.

Take the first step toward a pain-free life by reaching out to My Chirocare today.

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