KC Physical Therapy
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY
The pain caused by a pinched nerve can sideline you from participating in the activities you most enjoy. At KC Physical Therapy, located in Murray Hill, New York, New York, Dour team uses a variety of innovative techniques to ease the pain and discomfort of a pinched nerve. Call today to learn more about natural treatment options for nerve pain, or book an appointment online.
Pinched Nerve Q & A
What’s a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve happens when tissues surrounding nerves — such as cartilage, bones, tendons, or muscle — put too much pressure on a nerve. When nerves are “squeezed” too hard, they may not function normally. This can cause:
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of sensation
Pain and other symptoms associated with a pinched nerve often occur in your neck, shoulder, or back — and can travel down to your arms, hands, or legs. You may even feel like a hand or foot has fallen asleep.
What causes a pinched nerve?
Numerous factors can lead to a pinched nerve and the pain associated with it, such as:
- Sports injuries
- Wear-and-tear associated with aging
- Overuse injuries
- Bone spurs
- A herniated disc
Permanent nerve damage and chronic pain can happen if a pinched nerve isn’t relieved promptly, which is why seeking treatment is so important. Nerve function often returns to normal after the release of pressure on a pinched nerve.
How does physical therapy heal a pinched nerve?
Fortunately, in many cases, physical therapy can relieve the pain and pressure associated with a pinched nerve to restore your quality of life. Our team can use a variety of techniques to treat a pinched nerve, such as:
Our team strengthens the muscles and other tissue surrounding a pinched nerve to alleviate pressure and ease pain. She may incorporate Pilates-based strengthening and flexibility exercises into your session, or use TheraBand resistance bands for added resistance.
Splints or soft cervical collars
To give you extra support where you need it most — near the area of a pinched nerve — our team may recommend you wear a splint or soft cervical collar, depending on the location of your pinched nerve, to restrict movement during healing and prevent further pain and injury to nerves.
Our team may use a technique called myofascial release, which is a specialized form of massage, to eliminate restricted movement caused by tight, stiff myofascial tissue surrounding a pinched nerve. This helps alleviate discomfort.
When you’re ready for nonsurgical relief of pain caused by a pinched nerve, schedule an appointment with us at KC Physical Therapy today or book an appointment online.