COMMON CONDITIONS WE TREAT
PINCHED NERVE PAIN DOCTORS
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Pinched nerves are usually quite painful. Radiculopathy is what we call the pain associated with a pinched nerve along your spine. Depending on the location and severity of the pinched nerve you may also experience:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the nerve area
- Tingling sensations by the nerve
- Muscle weakness
- Sharp, burning, or aching pain
- Hands or feet “fall asleep”
- Sciatica pain
If you have any of these symptoms, it is good to schedule an appointment to address it as early as possible. Waiting too long to address a pinched nerve can result in permanent nerve damage.
What can cause a pinched nerve in the wrist?
A pinched nerve in the wrist is most often caused by carpal tunnel syndrome – compression of the median nerve as it passes through confined tissues of the wrist. It can also be caused by a similar condition – Cubital tunnel syndrome – compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow. Repetitive activities and diabetes can trigger both Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.
What can cause a pinched nerve in the neck?
A pinched nerve in the neck can be caused by a herniated disc, arthritis, bone spurs, and/or spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal where the nerves pass through the spine.
What can cause a pinched nerve in the lower back?
A pinched nerve in the lower back can compress the sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica pain. Sciatica pain can be immobilizing due to the severity of the nerve pain. Swelling around a nerve can be caused by an injury or by bruising, but can also have no known cause. Athletes and new mothers often suffer the most from sciatica nerve pain.
Can you have a pinched nerve without injury?
Inflammation is a common cause of nerve compression, although many conditions can lead to the swelling or compress the nerve directly. For example, any of the following conditions or injuries can cause pinched nerves.
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Damaged or thickened ligaments
- Repetitive motions at work
- Swollen tendons
- Athletic overuse
What increases your risk of getting a pinched nerve?
If you’re a woman or if you have a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, or diabetes, your risk of developing a pinched nerve at least once in your lifetime is pretty high.
How is a pinched nerve diagnosed?
Spine and Wellness Centers of America provides comprehensive patient-centered exams to identify the cause of your nerve pain and the location of your pinched nerve. During your physical exam, we will discuss symptoms, lifestyle choices, and medical history to create a patient-centered pain profile and diagnose your personalized treatment plan. We will run diagnostic tests such as MRIs, electromyograms, and nerve conduction studies to pinpoint the precise location of your compressed / pinched nerve. Many patients go home pain-free in the same-day. Sometimes only anti-inflammatory medication with mild physical therapy to reduce the pressure on the compressed or pinched nerve is needed. In severe cases, we may opt for minimally invasive surgery, spinal cord stimulation, or radiofrequency ablation treatments to relieve your nerve pain.
If you’re concerned about a pinched nerve or are suffering from any of these symptoms, call Spine and Wellness Centers of America or make an appointment online today.
Our team of award-winning pinched nerve pain relief experts with backgrounds in orthopedics, neurosurgery, pain care, and rehabilitation will create a long term treatment plan personalized to you, your unique pain and your pain care goals. We conquer pinched or compressed nerve pain without surgery in most cases using cutting edge neck pain relief techniques (some of which are completely new to pain care and only offered by our doctors).
A pinched nerve develops when too much pressure from surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons is applied to a nerve. Many times inflammation of the joints are the culprit. Pinched or compressed nerves are common in your spine, but can also develop at other points in your body including your foot, ankle, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and other joints causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
For some patients, non-surgical pain relief techniques might not be the best treatment plan for them. When your pinched nerve pain calls for surgery, our neurosurgeons may suggest minimally invasive and advanced surgical approaches such as the mild® treatment (minimally invasive lumbar decompression) or DRG Neurostimulation (dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation).
Patients suffering from acute pinched nerve pain may be prescribed pain relief from in-office epidural steroid injections, soft tissue injections, or trigger point injections. Often anti-inflammatories are prescribed in conjunction with other acute pain treatments and the condition resolves.
In other patients, acute pain is a precursor to a life of chronic pain, so it is important to determine the cause of pain and administer the correct pain relief procedure for lasting relief of chronic nerve pain.