When too much pressure is applied to a certain nerve, and that nerve surrounds tissues such as tendons, muscles, cartilage or bones, a pinched nerve occurs. Pinched nerves can also occur at several sites in your body, including lower spine, wrist, and etc. Pinched nerve can cause damage that is minor or severe as well as long-lasting or temporary problems. Some pinched nerve cases also occur when the patient holds their body in one position for long periods; keeping one’s elbow bent during his or her sleep for several hours is one example.
Signs and symptoms
- Infrequent sharp twinges in shoulder
- Frequent occurrence of foot or hand "has fallen asleep"
- Muscle weakness
- Burning, aching or sharp pain that radiate outwards
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
When it comes to treating pinched nerves, rest is recommended for the affected area. Medical professionals may also employ the use of a brace or splint to immobilize the area. Other treatment methods include physical therapy, medications (like ibuprofen, naproxen and other non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) and surgery. The latter is needed if the pinched nerve does not improve after several weeks or months of observation. Removing bone spurs is part of the surgical process.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Experts You Can Trust for Pinched Nerve Treatment
You can always trust Northern Neurology Specialties to provide accurate and efficient diagnostics and treatment recommendations for your potential pinched nerve condition. We are well-versed in the diagnostic testing that source and isolate any pinched nerve condition. Some of the tests include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electromyography and other testing procedures. As with other conditions, you will be given a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs as well as your physical limitations. Call our neurology practice to learn more about this condition and treatment options.