PINCHED NERVE PAIN DOCTORS
Have a pinched nerve? Can't move your head, shoulder, or another area? Our nerve pain doctors at Spine and Wellness Centers of America pride themselves in using cutting edge techniques to diagnose and treat acute or reoccurring pinched nerves using Non-Surgical Treatments or Minimally Invasive pain relief techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions - Pinched Nerves
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
Sharp, burning, or aching pain
Hands or feet “fall asleep”
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.
Damaged or thickened ligaments
Repetitive motions at work
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.