I Thought There Was No Hope…
My phone was buzzing with missed calls as I stood there with my shirt half over my head. I laughed a little, feeling like a child again who was unable to dress herself.
But the situation wasn’t a laughing matter.
I had been struggling for a long time, missing events, and arriving late to work because the pain had slowed me down so much.
The truth is that I had started to give up. I had tried treatment after treatment for the pinched nerve in my neck with no success.
It was in that moment with the shirt half over my head and my phone buzzing endlessly that I realized there MUST be a solution.
And I was right.
I finally got the shirt over my head, called my husband back, and hurried to my son’s baseball game.
At the game, my husband introduced me to his friend, who offered a life-changing suggestion.
“Just call Back in Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy” said his friend.
My husband’s friend shared his story about how the physical therapists at Back in Motion helped him get off painkillers and ditch the pinched nerve once and for all.
Like me, he went to doctors who gave him painkillers or told him to rest and take Ibuprofen.
Like me, his nerve pain came right back after the pills were stopped and the rest period was over.
He told me that the physical therapists at Back in Motion don’t try to mask the symptoms…instead, they fix the cause so that the pinched nerve doesn’t come back.
As soon as I got home, I made the call.
With Back in Motion’s help, I finally got rid of my pinched nerve.
I now recommend Back in Motion to all of my friends.
If you’re ready to get back in motion again, pain-free, contact Back in Motion in Fort Myers, Florida.
Your quality of life will skyrocket, and your hope will be restored, as Back in Motion’s team of physical therapists provide you with a PERMANENT SOLUTION to your nerve pain.
Don’t Let the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve Control Your Life Any Longer
A pinched nerve can have symptoms that range from mild tingling to debilitating pain.
Unfortunately, I was on the “debilitating pain” side of the spectrum.
Sometimes, my pinched nerve would feel better with rest or Ibuprofen, but it would always come back.
Certain movements would trigger my symptoms.
I stopped meeting my friends at Zumba because the twisting and head movements would trigger my symptoms.
The simplest tasks such as lifting an object or backing out of a parking space could cause pain.
I started to live in fear, wondering if the next time I turned my head or exercised with friends would lead to days of tingling, stiffness, and pain.
I let the symptoms of a pinched nerve control my life, and I am here to warn you against doing the same.
A Doctor of Physical Therapy at Back in Motion diagnosed me in less than twenty minutes and found out the underlying cause of my pinched nerve (which was a herniated disc in my neck). Just twenty minutes was all it took to understand why my pain kept coming back, and how we could stop it from returning.
If you have any of these symptoms of a pinched nerve, it’s time to call Back in Motion:
- Muscle Weakness
- Tingling or a “Pins and Needles” sensation
- Pain (may start as soreness and escalate to shooting pain)
- Frequent sensation that an area of the body (such as the foot) has “fallen asleep”
- Any of these symptoms may radiate outwards into other areas of the body
The experts at Back in Motion also explained why my symptoms would sometimes radiate to my arms. When the nerve is pinched in certain areas, such as the neck or lower back, symptoms can radiate outwards.
If you have a pinched nerve in your lower back, for example, you might have pain, numbness, or tingling that extends from the lower back to one of your legs.
I was so happy to finally have a thorough explanation of my symptoms and a plan that would end them by treating the cause.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is caused by the compression of the nerve by surrounding tissues like bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons.
The most common conditions that cause a pinched nerve include:
- Herniated discs (wherein the jelly-like interior of a spinal disc slips through the hard exterior and places pressure on a nearby nerve)
- Degenerative Spine Conditions (such as Arthritis or Degenerative Disc Disease, wherein cartilage is displaced and places pressure on a nearby nerve)
- Bone Spurs (which are bony overgrowths that can compress nerves)
Overuse/Repetitive Motion (such as typing too much without rest, overuse injuries such as tennis elbow, twisting or lifting too frequently, etc.)
- Tightness of muscles & fascia.. the sciatic nerve can become inflamed or pinched due to tightness of the piriformis muscle
But What’s the “Cause of the Cause?”
Other doctors explained that the cause of my pinched nerve was a herniated disc, but they always gave me symptom-masking medications or told me to rest.
The physical therapists at Back in Motion took it a step further.
The physical therapy team at Back in Motion didn’t just want to know the cause, they wanted to know the CAUSE of the cause…
A herniated disc commonly causes pinched nerves (especially in middle aged adults).
But what caused the herniated disc that caused the pinched nerve?
I gave my physical therapist at Back in Motion a rundown of my daily activities, as well as the movements that made my symptoms feel worse.
The questionnaire was followed by a physical examination which included specific movements that revealed my strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
My physical therapist at Back in Motion took a totally different approach than the other doctors I spoke with: he used the testing and questionnaire to pinpoint why my symptoms kept coming back and why symptom-masking treatments such as pills and rest were ineffective.
I learned that the muscles surrounding my neck were so weak that they couldn’t support the structure of my spine very well.
Not only that, but when I showed him what I thought was “good posture,” he explained that my neck sat too far forward and that my shoulders were rounded, creating extra tension in the muscles around my pinched nerve.
I then showed him a few of my Zumba movements. He explained that there were certain ones that I was doing incorrectly due to a lack of flexibility in my back.
The “Aha” Moment of the Pinched Nerve
Everything finally seemed to make sense.
Unlike any doctor I visited for my pain, my physical therapist at Back in Motion examined ALL parts of my life.
I learned that my movements, posture, flexibility, and lack of strength were among some of the major contributing factors to my pinched nerve.
The best part? We made a game plan to fix all of these issues, so that I could finally say goodbye to my pinched nerve.
- He applied safe manual techniques to decompress my spine…
- Advanced flexibility exercises to ease the pain-worsening stiffness…
- Specific strengthening exercises to support my spine and open the space around the nerves…
My symptoms started to fade almost immediately!
Within weeks, I felt completely better.
- No more pain with certain movements
- No more fear that the next “head turn” or physical activity would trigger my pain
- No more arriving late or missing events due to weakness, a loss of my range of motion, and pain
I finally had control over my life again. I could exercise with friends, do daily tasks without issues, and get that shirt over my head without a painful struggle.
The cause of your pinched nerve might be different than mine.
But one thing’s for sure: the physical therapists at Back in Motion will find the root cause of YOUR pinched nerve and fix it, permanently.
Thank You for Sharing Your Story!
We thank our patient who kindly shared her story.
We’ve heard stories like hers so many times. Her story is a perfect example of why you should get the right help, right away.
But you don’t have to wait until you’re at your wits-end to get expert treatment.
Are you sick of treatments that only provide temporary relief?
Are you ready for a treatment that gives you permanent relief by fixing the root cause of your pinched nerve?
Our expert team of physical therapists regularly help people like you get back in motion again without pain or limitations.
Treatment for Your Pinched Nerve Is at Your Fingertips…
Why spend another day where your symptoms take control of your life?
Stop accepting temporary solutions.
Temporary solutions like pain masking drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs can wreak havoc on your internal organs. They do more harm than good.
The longer you delay the permanent solution, the worse you will feel.
Don’t allow your pinched nerve to rule your life anymore!
Call our office or schedule your appointment today.
You’ll be so happy to finally get back to the activities you love, symptom-free, for good.
Dedicated to Your Success,
Dr. Scott Gray