Nerve pinch, or a ‘pinched nerve’ is generally the uncomfortable sensation of pain, numbness, muscle spasms and weakness. It’s caused by increased pressure in the nerve, arthritis, a herniated disc, and bone spurs.
The result is an irritated or damaged peripheral nerve, leading to the discomfort felt by sufferers. The condition usually affects the back or neck, but can occur in any nerve; for instance, in the wrists, or elbows. We’ve written an article on some common solutions to aches and pains which you can read here.
For immediate results
There are certain steps you can take to alleviate pain and other symptoms of nerve pinch at home. The following steps can provide fast and effective relief from nerve pinch:
• Rest the affected area. This includes avoiding strain such as heavy lifting repetitive movements. Also get a bit more bed rest if possible. Sleep is your body’s natural way of repairing itself.
• Try fitting a brace or a splint to immobilize the area, such as a neck brace or wrist brace. This will allow you to move normally without further injuring the area.
• Reduce swelling and increase your circulation by alternating with ice and heat application around the area. Applying ice around three to four times a day will help to reduce any inflammation. Follow the ice with a heat pad or hot water bottle to encourage blood flow, hopefully speeding up your body’s healing process.
• A massage can work wonders for relieving pain and tension in your muscles. It can help heal your nerve pinch if applied gently to the direct area. Avoid heavy pressure around the nerve pinch. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help cleanse you of nasty toxins that are often released with a massage.
• Drug stores offer some effective over-the-counter medications that are great for treating a pinched nerve. These include ibuprofen and aspirin. Some treatments are specifically formulated for treatment nerve pinch, such as Lyrica and Neurontin.
For long-term results
There are other actions you can take from home if you have a reoccurring or lingering problem. However, if the following do not work, then give us a call or send us a message and we can set up an appointment and have a better look.
• Low impact exercise, such as walking or swimming, whilst keeping good posture. Inactivity can lead to a longer recovery time, so it’s important to gently work your muscles.
• Increase your calcium intake. This is particularly important if your nerve pinch is caused by a calcium deficiency. Calcium supplements are available at many health food stores. You can also eat more calcium-rich foods such as cheese, milk, yogurt, spinach and kale. Check labels, as some packaged foods are also calcium-fortified.
• Cut back on acidic foods such as citrus fruits and coffee. These can worsen pain and delay the healing process, especially if taken near bedtime.
• Eat more potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, avocados, apricots and nuts, or drink skim milk and fresh orange juice. Potassium supplements are also an option.