Numbness and Tingling sensation could be the result of a pinched nerve
Pinched nerves could be caused by the result of car accident injuries. Numbness and tingling sensations are usually caused by pinched nerves in your neck and back. Pinched nerves and the symptoms that come with it may make it difficult to sleep at night. Let’s looks at what pinched nerves are and what can be done to treat them after a car accident injury.
Nerves and how they function, in simple terms
Nerves are like an interstate of information running though out your body. All of these interstates run down your back and up to your brain with surface roads branching out at every mile marker. Sometimes there is a car accident on the interstate system. This blocks traffic from getting off to the surface roads. This could be caused by a car accident and injuries to your neck or spine. The nerves that control your hands, feet, muscles could be partially blocked and signals are not being received and sent to your brain. It is possible to have the communication cut off completely. This could be caused from deep cuts that sever the nerves.
Remember that traffic accident that blocked all the traffic from getting to the surface roads? That would be pinched nerves. Pinched nerves are when pressure is placed on the nerve. This pressure could come from tissues, bones, cartilage, or tendons being pressed against it. Remember when you were a child and you pinch the water hose to cut to the water supply, the hose is your nerve, the water is the information being carried to and from your brain. That was not the best example, but it was put into a simple explanation.
- A prickling sensation
- Burning or “hot and cold” sensations
- Decreased sensation in pinched nerve area
- Greater sensitivity of the skin when in contact with colder or warmer temperature
- Loss of use of arms, legs, fingers or toes
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
- Radiating pain through the neck or lower back
- Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward
- Shooting pain through the leg or foot
- Shooting pain through the shoulder or arm
- Skin or limbs that feel like they are numb or tingling
- The feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
- Tingling and pins-and-needles sensations
- Twitching of muscles
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Weakness or pain in their muscles
Normal day routines can be complicated by pinched nerves caused by a car wreck. Car accident can cause many different types of injuries, the most common is whiplash. Whiplash is the sudden, forceful movement of your neck in one direction, then the direction changes quickly. This can cause tendons, ligaments, and muscles to move beyond their range of motion. Pinched nerves also will make it very difficult to sleep at night
Where do pinched nerves occur in car accidents:
- Cervical Spine-A pinched nerve in your neck could cause pain all the way down to your toes.
The cervical spine, because it runs from your neck all the way down your back would be the most common area that you would have a pinched nerve after a car accident. Your cervical spine controls many things. A pinched nerve in your spine could cause issues if left untreated.
- Sciatic nerve-back and legs
- Peroneal nerve– lower leg and calf, could cause foot drop
How to Treat Pinched Nerves from auto accidents
- Chiropractic physical therapy through specialized exercises designed to strengthen and alleviate pressure.
- Hot and Cold Therapy-alternating between cold and hot therapy with heating pads and ice packs will bring relief to the affected area. The relief may come from the reduce swelling.
- Deep therapeutic can encourage blood flow while inducing relaxation
- Acupuncture is commonly used as a conservative treatment for compressed or pinched nerves. It uses specialized needles on the muscles.
- Anti-Inflammatory medications can help you deal with the pain, inflammation, and swelling. They won’t cure it, but they will help you function on a daily basis
- Steroid injections are designed to give immediate pain relief . This would not be considered a long term solution but more short term relief. The steroids reduce the inflammation.
- Resting and taking it easy can help with the healing process
Therapy from a chiropractor or physical therapist would be sufficient to treat most auto accident injuries. There may be some cases that require a bit more medical care such as a severed nerve; this may require surgery to correct. If you have been injured in auto accident and need a doctor who can treat you, search our database. If we do not have a doctor in your area, contact us, and we will try and help you find one.