Auto Accidents and Pinched Nerves: Can a Chiropractor Help?

After an auto accident, you may experience new aches and pains daily, including symptoms of pinched nerves. Patients often don’t feel the full extent of their injuries until the adrenaline wears off. When a car crash leaves you feeling pain, stiffness, or other concerns, it’s best to see a professional to assess and treat any injuries.

At Veeva Clinic, our expert team of chiropractors is specially trained. We recognize and care for any injuries sustained in a car accident, including pain caused by a pinched nerve.

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

When surrounding tissues press on a nerve root, the nerve becomes compressed, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. Most pinched nerves occur near the spine, but they may also affect the wrist, elbow, hand, or foot.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • A pins and needles sensation

When it goes untreated, it can become a more serious condition, causing chronic pain or permanent nerve damage.

How Do Auto Accidents Cause Pinched Nerves?

While there are many causes, when patients experience nerve compression after auto accidents, the most common cause is whiplash. When a car stops suddenly and forcefully, the impact can cause blunt force trauma on any part of the body that hits against a hard surface, resulting in a pinched nerve.

Additionally, auto accidents that cause misalignment of the spine, a herniated disc, or inflammation around a nerve may cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain associated with a pinched nerve.

How Do Chiropractors Treat a Pinched Nerve?

Chiropractic care can provide essential treatment for alleviating the pain and symptoms of a pinched nerve. For example, a chiropractor may use spinal manipulation to relieve pressure from a herniated or bulging disc that applies compression to a nerve when treating a pinched nerve.

As part of your treatment plan developed by the expert chiropractic team at Veeva Clinic, you may also get relief for your pinched nerve through massage therapy. Our massage therapists can apply pressure to the pinched nerve. Relieving tension and promoting healing circulation while relaxing the surrounding muscles.

By combining spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and a customized plan of corrective exercises, our patients find much-needed relief from ongoing compressed nerve pain.

Find Relief at Veeva Clinic

Automobile accidents can cause many unexpected conditions, including the pain of a pinched nerve. The team at Veeva Clinic in Oregon and Washington offers proven relief for pinched nerve pain.

If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort, call or contact us online to schedule an appointment and find relief.