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Many people suffer from a “pinched nerve.” If you do not already know what it is, then let me tell you that a pinched nerve is another name of a spine disc that slips, bursts, or bulges, in turn pushing down the vertebrae on the nerves.

The pain from a pinched nerve is quite severe that cannot be even handled sometimes. It can come in your way of household tasks, work, or even sleep. So, how do you get rid of it? Many people say that only a surgery can cure a slip disc. However, let me tell you the truth that you can also relieve the pain from a pinched nerve, even without an operation.

Causes of a pinched nerve
You would wonder as to how a pinched nerve can be caused. A pinched nerve arises when the surrounding tissues put too much pressure on a particular nerve. The nearby tissues include muscles, tendons, cartilage, or even bones. Due to this pressure, the function of the nerve is disrupted, which in turn causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the affected spot.

The two common instances of a pinched nerve are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Sciatica. The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome crops up when there is a compressed center nerve in the wrists’ carpal tunnel, which in turn can result in numbness and pain in the fingers and hand.

Furthermore, Sciatica happens when a herniated disc in the lower spine puts pressure on the root of a nerve, thus leading to pain that spreads out to the leg’s back. Let us look at some of the other causes of a pinched nerve.

1. Facet joint problems
This type of problem generally occurs in the elderly and middle aged people. It is a kind of arthritis that is less crippling in terms of pain as compared to other arthritis’ forms. Such problems can occur due to a bad posture. Facet joint problems are increased due to prolonged extensions.

2. Herniated disc problems
Sometimes the discs in the vertebrae herniated or burst, due to which a lot of pain is caused in the leg, if the herniated disc is in the spine’s lower portion. This problem is called sciatica. Many young people face this problem due to over exertion.

3. Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs in elderly and middle aged people. It tends to be crippling in terms of pain as opposed to other types of arthritis. In mild osteoarthritis, middle aged people can feel a back ache occasionally. However, extreme activities like quick movements and jumping can increase the pain due to osteoarthritis.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve
The signs of a pinched nerve are not the same as some regular muscle pain. The pain from a slip disc is confined to the spine like the neck base. Moreover, the pain can go up and down, when you move your body or neck in some particular ways. You can also feel pain, numbness, weakness, or a tingling sensation in your limbs.

If you have these symptoms, then you must definitely consult a doctor. Even if you do not know what’s the pain all about and cannot figure out if it’s a pinched nerve or not, then also you must contact your doctor, who can identify the problem and take measures to cure it. Plus, if you see a doctor, you can identify your pinched nerve an early stage and thus cure it easily as well as quickly. Through, MRI scans and X-rays, you doctor will come to what the issue really is.

What is the solution for pinched nerve?
Now, the question is how you can deal with a pinched nerve. Most of the compressed nerves do not really require any treatment that a pinched nerve would usually need. This is because generally many of them will cure on their own. However, still the most recommended treatment for a pinched nerve is to give rest to the affected area. Your doctor will tell you to not do anything that can aggravate or cause the compressed nerve.

Do you need surgery?
Many people think that they need surgery in order to get rid of a pinched nerve. However, this is false. Surgery is generally recommended for people who have severe pinched nerves and only when all the other treatments prove to be ineffective in alleviating the pain caused by a pinched nerve. Moreover, operation does not guarantee that you will be relieved of the pain. Plus, surgery is quite expensive due to which it is mostly the last resort.

Treatments for pinched nerve
Luckily, most of the pinched nerve cases can be cured through non-invasive treatment methods, such as physical therapy and neck traction therapy. The mixture of the non-invasive treatment methods can vary depending on the locality and severity of the pinched nerve in patients. So, let us look at the two non-invasive treatment methods of pinched nerves in detail.

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1. Physical therapy
Physical therapy is a popular non-invasive means to treat a pinched nerve. The physical therapy procedure varies from person to person. Most of the patients have to take a few sessions on a traction machine as a result of which the spine is stretched and realigned.

Other times, they have to undergo other treatments under physical therapy, such as electro-therapy and ultrasound that stimulates healing near the pinched nerve. In this case, you can also use simple hot compresses at home that can alleviate some pain due to pinched nerves.

2. Neck traction therapy
This is one of the most effective and safest methods to treat pinched nerves. In this method, the neck of the patient is treated through neck traction. Through this, bones of the spine and neck are stretched in order to lessen pressure on the pinched nerve with the help of an inflatable neck traction machine.

How to prevent pinched nerve?
You can prevent a pinched nerve through a number of home treatments. One of the important things to prevent a pinched nerve is that you must always maintain a proper posture, since slumping can put necessary weight on the spine discs. By slumping, we mean when your head is not directly above your neck. When you keep a right posture at all times, you can decrease or even get rid of the chances of pinched nerves in the future.

One of the other ways to prevent pinched nerves is to do a lot of exercise. You must build your neck and core muscles by practicing weight-bearing exercises, which can put away the weight in your spine. As a result the discs between the nerves within and vertebrae would be released of any pressure.

Thus, you must avoid surgery and try all the available non-invasive treatment ways for treating pinched nerves. And, only when other methods fail to relieve you of pain, then only go for an operation. Otherwise, steer clear of a surgery. If you do not know which treatment is the best for you, you can consult your doctor.


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