Pinched nerves are common among car accident victims and can be easily treated with orthopedic solutions. It may not be pain that you notice the second the accident takes place. However, over time, the pain from a pinched nerve will become apparent. It can be very uncomfortable, plus it can limit your range of motion. It is vital that you come in and get checked out as soon as you can following an automobile accident. That way, we can diagnose the issue and figure out the most effective treatment plan before your pain becomes harder to treat.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerves
When a pinched nerve happens, you may not realize that it is happening at first. The symptoms can originally appear quite vague. It often takes ongoing discomfort, or an increase in the symptoms that you have to figure out that a pinched nerve is to blame. Most patients who suffer from pinched nerves experience several of these symptoms. What you may notice can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Burning or “hot and cold” sensations
- Decreased sensation in the pinched nerve area
- Greater sensitivity of the skin when in contact with colder or warmer temperature
- Loss of use of arms, legs, fingers, or toes
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Radiating pain through the neck or lower back
- Sharp, aching, or burning pain, which may radiate outward
- Shooting pain through the leg or foot
- Shooting pain through the shoulder or arm
- Skin or limbs that feel like they are numb or tingling
- The feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
- Tingling or pins-and-needles sensations
- Twitching of muscles
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Weakness or pain in their muscles
Pinched nerves can have a dramatic effect on your ability to follow through with your routine and meet your personal or professional obligations. If you suffer from pinched nerves, contact our Atlanta car accident injury orthopedic doctors for immediate pain relief. It is amazing to many of our patients just how much a pinched nerve can limit their ability to live life as they did prior to the pinched nerve. Thankfully, we have several treatment options that can help provide you with immediate relief from some, if not all, of your symptoms. Ongoing treatment is sometimes necessary to keep the relief and prevent the discomfort from coming back.
Understanding More About Pinched Nerves
Orthopedic doctors diagnose pinched nerves when there is significant pressure applied to a particular cluster of nerves. In the case of car accidents, pressure comes from the type of damaged tissue, broken bones, or torn cartilage that victims sustain as a result of the impact of their collision. If the impact came from the side, such as with a T-bone accident, you may notice issues with your neck, ribs, arm and shoulder, or even your hip. If the impact came from a different direction, the potential issues with pinched nerves can change.
For most accident victims, pinched nerves develop within the cervical spine, the sciatic nerve that exists in the back and legs, and the peroneal nerve that runs from each lower calf down to both feet. However, there are many different nerve bundles around the body that can be affected. It is very important to make sure you get treatment as quickly following the accident as possible. The longer you struggle with a pinched nerve, the harder the ailment is to treat.
Atlanta Orthopedic Treatment for Pinched Nerves
There are a variety of treatment solutions our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors use to treat pinched nerves, although most cases are addressed through Chiropractic and heat therapy. We can also stretch the area, massage the area in some cases, and there are times where we may need to use a combination of several treatment options to bring about the greatest levels of relief.
Chiropractic therapy uses some specific exercises that help strengthen damaged muscles, while also reducing the pressure that’s triggering the symptoms associated with pinched nerves. This involves manipulating the body to help realign anything that is out of alignment. Once the parts of the body are back in the right place, pressure is taken off of the pinched nerve and in most instances, the symptoms are alleviated.
Heat therapy sees patients use heating pads and ice packs interchangeably to reduce inflammation and to relax damaged tissue. The different temperature packs are put on for specific amounts of time, allowing for both relaxation and relief of inflammation. Although each accident victim’s condition varies based on the extent of their accident, most of our patients experience immediate pain relief through one or a combination of these orthopedic techniques.
Contact AICA Orthopedics For More Information and to Schedule A Free Consultation
If you were recently involved in a car accident near Atlanta and believe you have pinched nerves or are suffering in pain, contact AICA Orthopedics to schedule a free consultation. We are Atlanta’s most experienced Orthopedic clinic and help thousands of patients each year recover from various accident injuries. We will take a look at what is going on, and then create a unique treatment plan for your specific ailments. Give us a call today at (404) 855-2141.