How to Treat a Pinched Nerve

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You can get a pinched nerve for various reasons such as sleeping awkwardly, sports injury or a car collision. Regardless of how you got it, you will want to get rid of it. Pinched-nerve pain can last for months. To manage long-term pain, you must be willing to try different methods of pain relief and modify treatments as necessary.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirins
  • Ibuprofen
  • High-fiber Foods
  • Relaxation Tapes
  • Ice packs
  • Heating pads
    • 1

      Visit your family doctor, chiropractor or neurologist.

    • 2

      Take aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort. Taking two aspirin every day, even when you aren't suffering acute pain, can help prevent pinched-nerve pain from worsening.

    • 3

      Apply hot or cold packs to the site of your pinched nerve. Sometimes ice will work better than heat; at other times, a heating pad will do a better job of relieving pain. Try both to see which one is more effective for you.

    • 4

      Lift and carry only lightweight objects. Avoid sports that cause you to make sudden jarring motions, like football.

    • 5

      Eat a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation. Straining to defecate stresses the body.

    • 6

      Massage the area that is sore. Be careful not to prod too harshly over the sore spot.

    • 7

      Try various relaxation techniques, like breathing deeply. They can help calm your mind and body.

    • 8

      Ask for help. Having someone in the house to assist you with your chores of daily living can do a lot to speed your recovery.

    • 9

      Ask your doctor for prescription pain relievers if severe pain continues. It is pointless for you to suffer with unrelenting pain.

    • 10

      Isolate area (do not use) effected, this should decrease the pain and allow the nerve to heal.

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