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Chiropractic Treatment Can Ease Nerve Pain
If you have been suffering from sciatica or a related condition, you can ease nerve pain with chiropractic treatment. Most nerve pain is caused by a sudden traumatic event, such as in a car accident or by a football injury. Cumulative stress and damage from poor posture or being significantly overweight may also lead to nerve pain over time. Chiropractic adjustments can correct many of the physical imbalances that cause this damage.
When you see your chiropractor for treatment to ease nerve pain, he or she will first perform a full battery of diagnostic tests, including CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays. This will help the chiropractor narrow down the exact source of the nerve pain. Sciatica is the most common cause, occurring when the vertebrae of the spine are out of alignment and pressing down on the sciatic nerve. Nerve pain can also occur in other areas of the body where ligaments and bones are not aligned correctly. It usually is felt as a mild burning or tingling sensation in the legs or back.
Because most of the discomfort is caused by pressure from the vertebrae or other bones, it is a natural fit to ease nerve pain with chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic adjustments can realign the vertebrae to relieve the pressure on the nerves and eliminate the pain. Often, this simple adjustment is all that is needed to relieve severe nerve pain. In addition to spinal adjustments, ice may be needed to reduce the swelling and inflammation in the area before the nerve pressure will be completely relieved.
There are some other technology-based treatments your chiropractor may use to ease nerve pain. The most common of these is the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device. These machines are also frequently used by doctors and physical therapists to stimulate muscles and speed up the healing process. The TENS equipment works by stimulating contractions in certain muscles to offset an existing imbalance in the body.
Ultrasound equipment is also being used more and more by chiropractors in treating nerve pain. Ultrasound machines create sound waves that produce heat to soothe and heal the tissues of the body. It also will increase blood circulation, which reduces swelling and pain. Ultrasound is not usually the only option used to ease nerve pain with chiropractic treatment. Most chiropractors will combine the ultrasound sessions with one of the other forms of treatment to give the patient maximum relief.