How to treat a pinched nerve
Although a pinched nerve isn’t dangerous or life threatening, it can be extremely painful and make it difficult to go about your day to day life comfortably. A pinched nerve will feel like severe pain in one area of your body, which may radiate to other areas, will feel worse when you sit or stand in certain ways and may hurt when you are lying down.
Here are some tips on treating a pinched nerve, so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible:
- Know what a pinched nerve is. The first thing you should do to treat a pinched nerve is be absolutely sure that this is what you are suffering from. The symptoms of a pinched nerve are pain, numbness, tingling, muscle spasms and weakness. Pinched nerves are common in the neck and back, as well as the wrists and elbows.
- Rest. One of the easiest ways to look after your injury is simply to rest so that your body can heal itself. Sleep as much as you can and take some time off work if possible to rest more. Avoid doing any repetitive or difficult physical tasks. Avoid lifting anything heavy or doing any exercise that isn’t completely necessary.
- Use ice and heat as a natural anaesthetic. Ice and heat can be used in turns (or whichever you feel helps you best) to ease the pain in the area and reduce inflammation. Heat helps to increase the blood flow to the area, which encourages the healing process, whilst ice will bring down any swelling or inflammation.
- Take medication. Although you won’t want to take medication for too long, you should take painkillers when you feel it is necessary to manage your pain. Painkillers often help to reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as easing your pain, so they can be helpful in the long run.
- Get a massage. Go to a trained massage therapist with a pinched nerve, so that you can get a gentle but effective massage to ease the pain and get your body healing itself better.
Finding injury experts in Ryde
A pinched nerve is unlikely to have been caused by an accident, but you may end up with a pinched nerve as the result of something else that was caused by an accident. If this accident was not your fault, then you may want to find the best injury experts in Ryde possible and make a claim for compensation against the other party.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and a team of dedicated injury experts in Ryde who will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Our injury experts in Ryde work on a 100% no win no fee basis and you shouldn’t even have to go to court. The helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 4th November 2013
Author: David Brown