Do you experience tingling sensations and numbness, it is usually related to nerve irritation or damage. When your nerve is irritated, it may be caused by either being pinched or trapped. Nerve pinching or impingement is a very common condition wherein the nerve in the spine is being compressed between two spinal vertebrae. An overgrowth of bone or a protruding disc may be pressing on the nerve. A trapped nerve is a nerve that adheres to the soft tissues that surrounds it which includes the fascia, ligaments, and muscles.
Read on and be familiar about the known treatments for these very common causes of nerve irritation:
1. The pinched nerve
Nerve irritation caused by a pinched nerve is a condition that involves the compression of the nerve by a vertebral disc that is not healthy or the sandwiching of the said nerve by two vertebral bones. This can happen when the nerve comes out of the spine. The particular part of your body is the one that experiences the symptoms. If the nerve irritation manifests in the cervical area, the symptoms manifest in the hands, arms, or shoulders. If the nerve irritation affects the lower back, then the tingling and numbness travels down to the legs and feet. Â There are several treatments that could help correct or manage the nerve irritation that affect specific areas of your body:
- If the nerve irritation is related to the malposition of the bone or the dysfunction or the joint, chiropractic adjustments are best used as corrective technique. The chiropractor will carefully control and direct the pressure on the affected areas so that the joints may be restored, the pressure on the nerve will be eased, and the motion and position of the joints will be restored. This treatment aims to eliminate the pain at the soonest possible time.
- If the nerve irritation is caused by an injury to the vertebral disc, additional techniques for treatment are required. The technique called McKenzie aims to reshape the vertebral disc with the use of pressure that is sustained in a series of treatments. The Cox Traction/Flexion makes use of a special chiropractic table that elongates and bends the vertebrae so as to ease the pressure in the disc itself. These techniques could rehabilitate the affected area and provide quick relief of pain.
- DRX9000 is used if the nerve irritation is caused by a non-surgical spine decompression. This treatment gently separates the spinal bones depending on the condition involved. In subluxation or sandwiching of the nerve between Â two spinal bones, DRX9000 pulls the spinal bones apart so that the spinal fluid may enter the vertebral discs. The fluid plumps up the disc so that an ideal distance can be placed between the vertebral bones so that the nerve may not be pinched anymore. In a herniated vertebral disc, DRX9000 is used to perform a non-surgical spinal disc decompressionÂ on the affected nerve. Because the pressure is decreased, the gel center is positioned back into the center of the disc. In spinal stenosis, DRX9000 lessens the space in the canal where the nerve comes out of the spine.
2. The trapped nerve
There can be nerve irritation whenever a nerve passes through muscles and other soft tissue just to make it to their ending. The gelatinous sheaths protect the nerves that pass so that smooth passage may happen even in constant contraction and expansion. When there is injury in the sheaths, the scar formation makes the nerve and the sheath adhere or stick to one another, resulting to tingling and numbness aggravated by repetitive and small movements. In the treatment for this type of nerve irritation, ART or the active release technique is used. This method applies pressure on the affected area with the use of the finger, most preferably the thumb, as the affected area is set into a complete ROM or range of motion. Because the nerve gets pulled away from its adhesion, nerve tension is reduced, resulting to quick relief.
Nerve irritation is an ailment that should not be taken lightly. Once you experience the symptoms, it is advisable that you seek immediate medical attention. This condition involves the nerves and if the pressure or adhesion is not corrected, aggravation will happen. This may result to a more advanced ailment that may take more extensive and invasive treatments like surgery. Always keep your communication with your doctor intact. This is to make sure that your progress is monitored well. If you cooperate well, immediate relief and quick management will definitely be attained.