Nerve Compression Pain and PEMF Therapy Relief
Nerve compression leads to tremendous pain, and while most often it is back pain carpal tunnel runs behind as a close second reason for nerve pain.
Wherever nerve pain stems from it is painful and it can keep you from enjoying regular daily activities like going for walks, going shopping, and even from getting out of bed.
Compression can be tricky to identify if you have never had it before.
Depending upon your symptoms it can be easy to locate, but it may also be difficult to locate if you have generalized all-over pain.
Have you been to a doctor recently about your nerve pain? Do you suffer from nagging carpal tunnel pain?
What about hip or leg back? Sciatica may even be at the top of your list.
Whatever the case may be, it’s one of the worst types of pain you can experience and you need to learn more about how to deal with it in a healthy manner.
Today, this article will focus on nerve compression and how it begins in various areas of the body.
We will discuss some of the most common types of nerve pain and what you can do to reduce the pain as well as the inflammation around the nerves.
How to Identify Nerve Compression
There are some easy ways to tell if you have nerve compression, but you may experience it differently than someone else.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a compressed nerve is tingling or numbness.
Those who suffer from carpal tunnel may experience pain first and then tingling or numbness, but there are many folks that experience mild soreness and then the tingling and numbness follow.
This nerve problem and the pain that follows is also quite common for those with back problems.
This seems to most commonly occur in the low back and hip area where the sciatic nerve begins.
One little-known fact about the sciatic nerve is that it is the largest and the longest nerve in the body.
This makes it easier for this nerve to get stuck without much thought.
When something in the spine gets out of alignment by way of a fall to the ground or otherwise, it’s easy for the nerve to get compressed or injured further.
We move all of the time with so little thought as how that nerve and surrounding nerves are impacted.
When the sciatic nerve is irritated this can cause nerve pain in the lower back, hip, thigh, and down the leg into the foot.
While most individuals do not feel sciatic pain in their feet, it can occur in rare cases or in cases in which the patient has gone untreated for this.
Direct pressure on a nerve can cause different outcomes for different patients, but ultimately we know that compression of any nerve is painful and it can occur nearly anywhere in the body.
The most common conditions in which a nerve is compressed includes the following:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome (This may occur in the feet and the hands).
- Base of the skull.
- Cervical spine.
- Ulnaritis. (Compression of the ulnar nerve on the backside of the elbow).
- Bone spurs. (These can also occur in the heels and anywhere inflammation is severe putting pressure on nerves that are located nearby).
Athletes commonly suffer from nerve pain due to injuries that occur during sliding into bases and twisting their body, or diving after a volleyball or football during a game.
The nerve root compression that occurs in the spine can cause tremendous pain and may cause an athlete to feel as though they can no longer perform.
The pain should be addressed quickly as young athletes tend to not report their pain until it gets to the point where it is intolerable.
Physical therapy is always the first course of action, along with ice and heat.
There are some cases in which an athlete should take rest, but it is also important to keep moving and not lay around or your condition could worsen.
What is the next course of action for treatment when nerve pain isn’t reduced by physical therapy or ice and heat?
Conventional and Alternative Methods for Treating Nerve Compression Pain
Conventional methods for treating pain of any kind generally lead to a prescription medication.
Anyone that has experienced nerve pain can relate to how debilitating this pain can be.
Oftentimes, those who suffer from nerve pain have trouble getting out of bed as well as going about their daily activities.
There are many popular alternatives that you can try for pain including:
- Curcumin. There is a high-grade form of Curcumin on the market today, made by Terry Naturally. The power of curcumin to reduce inflammation and pain is amazing and can be used in conjunction with other holistic modalities.
- Massage. Depending upon the type of pain and the location of your pain, massage can be helpful. Those who have severe nerve pain may want to try a massage at least once or twice a week. As the joints and muscles begin to loosen up the compression of your nerves will be reduced. Call your massage therapist first and ask questions before you arrive to make sure they are a good match for you.
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture is effective, but there are certain conditions that acupuncture isn’t effective in treating long-term. Many patients have tried acupuncture for carpal tunnel, but the pain and swelling continue to return unless a dramatic lifestyle change is made. It is difficult for someone to give up their job just because they have carpal tunnel. The struggle to find pain relief generally continues and acupuncture is extremely expensive.
- PEMF therapy. PEMF therapy is now winning out as the best alternative to pain medicine and other modalities, simply because you can use your PEMF device in the comfort of your own home, and you can use it when it’s convenient for you. You won’t have to make appointments with a doctor or leave your work early to go somewhere else for treatment. There are no known side effects, but you should talk to your doctor before you try this therapy to make sure it’s safe for you based upon your personal medical history.
PEMF therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling, and when those problems are corrected, the nerve compression will be relieved.
Everyone will respond differently to this therapy, but using a PEMF therapy mat seems to be effective for those suffering from nerve compression pain.