Pinched nerves occur when force or pressure has been placed on a nerve. When this happens, the nerve sends pain signals to the brain. Often caused by damage to the nerve, some of the symptoms can include weakness, numbness, and pain.
Pinched nerves can be very uncomfortable and they can make your a good day turn into a bad one. There is some good news, however. It is possible to treat a pinched nerve at home.
Work On Your Posture
Occasionally, laying, standing, or sitting in a specific position could help the pain. Bending your neck, for example, in a position away from the pain could help. Just make sure you spend at least a few minutes sitting in a position that relieves the discomfort. Try to find multiple positions that can help.
Wear A Splint
Depending on where your pinched nerve is, wearing a splint can help. If you see a physical therapist because of your pinched nerve they may offer you a splint. This is because the splint can support your knee or wrist, for example.
Splints such as these can be ideal to wear at night. When you sleep you could bend that painful part of your body into an awkward position. Wearing a splint can help to prevent this from occurring.
Take Pain Medication
Taking pain medication can help you to deal with the pinched nerve. When you take medication such as this it can help to reduce swelling. When swelling is reduced it can cause less pain.
Always take pain medication as prescribed or as instructed on the packaging. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help a great deal. If the pain medication you’re taking does not work well enough, please speak to your doctor.
Use Heat and Ice Packs
Heat and ice packs can help to relieve the pain and swelling associated with a pinched nerve. Whenever you apply a heat or ice pack, please make sure you wrap the pack in a towel. This will help to prevent it from burning your skin.
If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas can work just as well. Just make sure you wrap them in a towel or a cloth before applying to your skin.
Speak To Your Doctor
If your pain is very bad or it does not go away after a few days, speak to your doctor. There could be a reason behind your pinched nerve. Therefore, it makes sense for you to speak to your doctor so they can determine the underlying cause. For the most part, a pinched nerve is likely to be caused by sitting or laying in a funny position. However, it’s always worth getting it checked out.
Your doctor may show you some exercises to do or they may prescribe painkillers. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.
Pinched nerves can be decidedly uncomfortable. However, they can usually be treated easily at home. Use the above tips to help you to treat your pinched nerve so that you begin to feel much better.