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If you are involved in a car accident and receive a diagnosis of a pinched nerve from our Lakewood Ranch chiropractor, Dr. John Nichols, this means nerves are compressed and suffering pressure and inflammation. A pinched nerve injury typically involves vertebral compression of multiple nerves extending outward from your spine into all areas of your body. The sudden, forceful jolt you experience at the moment of impact in a car accident often thrusts vertebrae out of their normal positions. When your spine is out of alignment, vertebrae come in contact with sensitive nerves and compress them, causing a constellation of painful systems requiring one or more chiropractic treatments.
Our Bradenton chiropractor may diagnose you with a pinched nerve if you have:
Delaying chiropractic treatment for a pinched nerve can interfere with nervous system functioning and possibly lead to peripheral neuropathy, increased swelling around compressed nerves and other musculoskeletal disorders. Accumulation of scar tissue around pinched nerves could also interfere with functioning of that particular nerve.
When nerve roots involved with cervical (upper back and neck) vertebrae are compressed due to an auto accident, damage to these nerves causes localized pain, radiating pain and sensation loss in your hands and arms. Lack of coordination in fingers and hands accompanied by muscle weakness are also signs of cervical radiculopathy.
If you suffer compression of the sciatic nerve from an auto accident injury, you may experience lower back/leg/buttock pain, radiating pain down your leg and numbness/pain on either side of the buttocks. Sciatic pain may be so severe you have difficulty standing up, walking and sleeping. The sciatic nerve is the widest and longest nerve in your body, vital to connecting your nervous system with your back and thigh muscles, leg and feet. Compression of the sciatic nerve is just as detrimental to your health as cervical radiculopathy, since these nerves contribute significantly to overall functioning of your nervous system.
Spinal decompression is a noninvasive chiropractic treatment offered by our Lakewood Ranch chiropractor for people suffering pinched nerves, neck pain, sciatica and other cervical/lumbar spinal syndromes. Spinal decompression addresses the consequences of an auto accident injury on your spine, vertebrae, discs, and ligaments by gently stretching (decompressing) your back using a procedure called “distraction”. This treatment relieves pressure on compressed nerves, enhances blood flow to the back and spine and relieves the pain and weakness caused by pinched nerves.
Core chiropractic treatments offering rapid relief of pinched nerve pain include manual manipulation called adjustments. Auto accident victims suffering back or neck pain due to misaligned vertebrae and irritated peripheral nerves benefit from the ability of chiropractic adjustments to restore range of motion and improve their quality of life. In addition to relieving pressure on nerves, an adjustment also helps strengthen back muscles while increasing blood circulation to damaged nerves that need rich amounts of oxygenated blood for optimal functioning.
Chiropractic massage therapy performed by our Bradenton chiropractor stimulates your body's natural healing process and provides rapid pain relief to those suffering a pinched nerve. In addition, people undergoing chiropractic massage therapy may also benefit from its ability to reduce hypertension, anxiety, and depression. When chiropractors massage the back and neck, they trigger the release of serotonin and oxytocin, two hormones responsible for mood elevation and relaxation.
As you heal your pinched nerve injury, physical therapy can help you regain your strength, coordination, and range of motion. Our chiropractor will develop a personalized physical therapy program addressing your unique needs following assessment of your condition.
In addition to chiropractic treatments, we also provide pain management services that do not involve medications. Instead, we concentrate on helping you make healthy lifestyle choices and opting for holistic methods of pain management.
If you have been in an auto accident and are suffering symptoms of a pinched nerve, please call us today at 941-739-2900. We proudly serve residents of the Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Fruitville areas.