Pinched Nerve Pain
Overview of Pinched Nerve Pain
Your nervous system is complicated. It goes from your brain to your spinal cord and from there sends messages to the rest of your body. When a nerve gets pinched, or when you are suffering nerve compression, your body warns you about the damage to the nerve by sending pain signals. These pain signals are serious, and they should not be ignored.
A compressed nerve may result in minor damage or in serious damage. The problem that causes it may be temporary, or it can affect you for the rest of your life. As with most medical situations, the earlier you address it, the better the end outcome will be.
It is not always possible to undo nerve damage, but we can work with you to relieve some of the pain that a pinched nerve causes.
What causes Pinched Nerves?
As the name implies, when you have a pinched nerve, your nerve is compressed, or it is under pressure.
Sometimes the pressure is caused because of repetitive motions. Or you may hold your body still in one position for an extended period of time. An example of this is sleeping with your legs bent in an awkward position while you sleep.
Nerve compression can happen in different parts of your body, but it is more likely to take place in areas where nerves travel through restricted spaces and have a minimal amount of soft tissue protecting them.
The most common locations for nerve compression are:
What are the symptoms of Pinched Nerves?
One of the most common places to have a pinched nerve is in the spine. This can result in neck or lower back pain. Nerve pain is radiating pain. If the pinched nerve is in the neck, the pain will be felt in the shoulder down into the arm. When the pain is in the lower back, it’ll radiate down the buttocks, into the leg, and affect the foot. This latter pain is referred to as sciatic nerve pain.
Nerve compression in your arm will cause symptoms to appear in:
- The Elbow
- The Hand
- The Wrist
- The Fingers
This can lead to painful conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating and Diagnosing Pinched Nerve Pain
Living with a pinched nerve can be excruciating. You feel like your nervous system, something that was designed in part to protect you, has betrayed you. Every single moment of your life is agony, and it forces you to isolate yourself from others. We understand the pain that you are going through. We empathize with you, and we want to help.
First, we need to hear from you. The nerve pain that each individual experiences is different. We cannot assume that because we’ve seen other patients with a similar condition that we know how you feel.
After we’ve had the opportunity to talk to you, we will work with you to develop a unique and individualized pain management treatment. Our goal is to provide you with short-term relief and long-term relief. We want to teach you how to manage your pain so that you can go back to living the life did before your pinched nerve.
Pinched nerves are frustrating, they are disheartening, and they minimize your quality of life. You do not have to live with unmanaged pain. Let us use our expertise to help you get back to living the life you deserve.