Pinched Nerves

Signs of pinched nerves and how we can help

 

A pinched nerve can be one of the most painful symptoms you could ever endure.  It occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues-such as bones, muscles, cartilage or tendons.  The symptoms can be numbness, tingling, shooting pain and weakness.

Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.

Causes: Poor posture, long periods of sitting such as driving or doing computer work, lifting heavy objects are all common causes of pinched nerves.  Arthritis, disc herniations and curvature of the spine also can cause pinched nerves.  Trigger points, which are areas of muscle knots,can also cause pinched nerves.

Conditions arising from pinched nerves.  Sciatica, which causes pain down the leg, is one of the most common condition from a pinched nerve.  Cervical radiculopathy (pain down the arm) is also a pinched nerve  condition. Carpel Tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerves around the wrist are pinched.   Medical treatment ofphone these conditions usually consists of antiinflammatories or cortisone shots.  While these may mask the pain they will not treat the underlying cause of the problem.

Diagnosis is made based on a history and examination of the affected areas.  Sometimes MRI imaging studies are done to visualize the are in question.  If muscle weakness has occurred due to long standing pain , an EMG study may be ordered.

Treatment of your condition needs to address the cause of the nerve compression, and also the pain it is causing. Ice ,heat, ultrasound, TNS  may be used for pain.  Cervical traction methods, trigger point therapies and spinal manipulation may be used to relieve nerve pressure.  Postural and biomechanical education, exercise and stretching are all incorporated into treatment of this painful condition.

 

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