Woman holding neck in pain due to pinched nerve

Preventing Pinched Nerves: Tips for Maintaining Spinal Health

As physiatrists at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we specialize in relieving neuromusculoskeletal pain through non-surgical methods. Therefore, one of our common focuses is alleviating the troubling symptoms of pinched nerves. If you are having pain you suspect may be caused by a pinched nerve or if you have had this problem in the past, get in touch with our capable professionals now. 

What Are Pinched Nerves?

Pinched nerves occur when a nerve is compressed. This compression interferes with normal nerve function, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. Nerve compression often results from repetitive motions or maintaining one position for too long.

Causes of Pinched Nerves

Many factors can contribute to nerve compression, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Herniated discs
  • Inflammation due to traumatic injury or disease (e.g. osteoarthritis/ rheumatoid arthritis).
  • Poor Posture
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive stress 

Where on the Body Do Pinched Nerves Occur?

Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body, but they’re most common in the spine, leading to conditions like sciatica. They also often occur in the neck (cervical radiculopathy), the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), and the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome).

How Are Pinched Nerves Treated at LI Spine Rehabilitation Medicine?

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our treatments for pinched nerves include:

Physical Therapy in which exercises are tailored to strengthen muscles adjacent to the site in order to relieve pressure on the affected nerves.

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical practice that reduces pain and inflammation 

by increasing circulation and stimulating the body to release endorphins.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy reduces inflammation, improving circulation and muscle function.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to facilitate healing.

Lifestyle Counseling to provide guidance on posture, mindset, ergonomic adjustments, diet, and exercise that can improve general health.

How Can Pinched Nerves Be Prevented?

As anyone suffering from a pinched nerve knows, prevention is preferable to curative treatment. Here are some tips to help prevent pinched nerves:

  • Maintain Good Posture, keeping your shoulders back and your back straight to prevent pressure on your spinal nerves.
  • Have an Ergonomic Work Space with furniture that supports your spine and a set-up that enables less awkward stretching and bending. 
  • Engage in Regular Exercise to keep your spine flexible, strengthen your muscles, and greatly reduce the risk of injury that may result in a pinched nerve.
  • Take Breaks to relax, stretch, walk, and even just alter your position, whether you have a sedentary job or spend recreational time in repetitive action, can prevent stiffness and reduce pressure on your nerves.
  • Lift Properly, using your legs rather than your back to lift heavy objects 
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight to reduce strain on your spinal nerves.
  • Have a Supportive Mattress and Pillows to keep your spine in alignment during sleep.

By integrating these practices into your daily life, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing pinched nerves and improve your general health.

Speak to One of Our Pinched Nerve Specialists Now

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we have a holistic approach to health and are deeply committed to preventing injuries, as well as diagnosing and treating them. Many of our patients consider it wise to have their health evaluated so we can help them take steps to avoid future pain. Contact our experienced doctors now to discuss why you may have suffered a pinched nerve or may be at risk. We will guide you through the necessary steps to keep your body strong and resistant to painful damage.