A pinched nerve can be the culprit in upper, mid, or lower back pain. A herniated, or bulging disc, or a slipped disc, can be the cause. A swollen inflamed disc can narrow the area through which a nerve passes, thereby creating the “pinched nerve”. Relief is possible, as inflammation and swelling can be decreased, taking pressure of the nerve and other surrounding tissues.
A slipped disc is one which has become swollen, inflamed, and has moved out from the vertebrae, or spinal bones. If treated soon enough, it may regain its former position completely.
The easiest home care is icing. A fabric covered ice pack is the simplest to use. You can put it right next to your skin for 15-20 minutes, but no longer. A plastic covered ice pack can be wrapped with a towel. Used improperly, you can get a freezer burn on your skin. Use a timer and you can really relax.
Chiropractic services for a pinched nerve would involve some therapy on the muscle tissues for relaxation. This could be followed by an adjustment to correct mis-alignments in various areas of the spine.
Sometimes trauma to one area refers tension to the other areas of the back. And mis-alignments follow in areas where you do not feel the degree of pain that you do in the original affected area.
During your course of treatment your inflammation will decrease (assuming you are not re-straining your back in your daily activities) and at some point your chiropractor will show you some appropriate exercises to strengthen your back, and in addition, good stretching exercises.
These may include exercise for your core area, or abdominal muscles. You have muscles that support your posture on the front part of your spine. When they are strengthened, future back injuries are less likely.