Pinched Nerves Causes and Treatment
Are you wondering if the pain or tingling you are feeling in your body is from a pinched nerve? Let us show you the best ways to relieve pain and other unpleasant symptoms in your:
- Lower Back – Legs
Find the relief you need from pinched nerves.
What is a pinched nerve?
We understand that having painful sensations shooting through your body can be worrisome. Let us shine some light onto this condition to better inform you and to lessen any fears you might be having. Your body is made up of numerous nerves that serve to transmit impulses to the brain and spinal cord. These messages then get relayed to the muscles and organs in order to produce the proper function as it responds to the body’s needs.
A misalignment or the narrowing of the body structure can create nerve compression (pressure on the nerve or nerves), which will inhibit the proper functioning of the nerves.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Pins and needles, or a tingling sensation
- Shooting or sharp pain
- A burning feeling
If you answered yes to any of these symptoms, then you may be experiencing the side effects of a pinched nerve.
What causes a pinched nerve?
As discussed, a pinched nerve is the result of pressure being applied to a nerve. So, what causes the pressure? Pressure can result from the following causes:
- Arthritis and inflammation of facet joints can restrict the pathway of the nerves
- Bone spurs, which are the tiny off-shoots of a bone, can protrude on to a nerve
- Overuse from repetitive motions can lead to carpal tunnel (a pinched nerve in the wrist), pain in the neck, in the lower back and radiating down your leg, or other areas
Common areas affected by a pinched nerve
You have many nerves running throughout your body. That means you are susceptible to feeling symptoms of a pinched nerve at many sites related to the area of the nerve compression. At VISP, we specialize in treatment options for pinched nerves that stem from the back. Nerve damage can occur when the spinal cord is out of alignment with a slipped, bulging or herniated disc. The spinal column can also become narrowed due to inflammation caused by arthritis. Pressure on the spinal nerve root can occur in the following areas causing specific symptoms:
- A pinched nerve in the Cervical Spine can cause pain in the neck, shoulder and/or arms.
- A pinched nerve in the Thoracic Spine can cause pain in the middle of the back, chest or abdomen.
- A pinched nerve in the Lumbar Spine may cause severe pain in the lower back and legs. Shooting pain down your leg is also known as sciatica.
- A pinched nerve in the Thoracic Spine may affect the intercostal nerves as well, and this can cause discomfort in the ribs.
Treatment for Nerve Compression in the Back
If you feel like you have tried every pain-relieving method, including OTC pain meds, or physical therapy, let us give you some hope. At VISP, we care for our patients who are experiencing these symptoms by offering the best treatment that is specific to each need.
Let us take a Closer Look to Diagnose the Source of Pain
Our specialists may use a CT or MRI to view your back and to identify if there is any damage due to inflammation or the misalignment of your spine. Another visual method we use is to perform a discography to identify which vertebrae are the cause of your discomfort. From here, the next plan of action will be determined with a treatment plan that will be most effective for you.
Our Procedures to Help Heal Pinched Nerves
Our nerve block procedures are extremely effective at locating the exact source of discomfort, as well as providing temporary pain relief and assist in healing.
The nerve blocks we perform are minimally-invasive using a steroid injection to reduce any inflammation which will help heal nerve damage. Depending on your consultation with the specialist, if the first nerve block was successful at relieving your symptoms, you may be scheduled for a series of treatments to provide longer relief.
Other methods to treat pinched nerves include:
Selective Nerve Root Blocks are used to treat inflammation in the spine that is causing discomfort, weakness, and numbness, in the back, arm, and legs. After identifying the damaged nerve, an anti-inflammatory medication will be injected directly at the site to help relieve the pain.
Facet Injections are another treatment to help decrease inflammation in the vertebrae of the spine that could be pinching a nerve. The medication will soothe and numb the area to help treat the inflamed joints.
Paraspinous Joint Injections apply anti-inflammatory medication to the joints that are located near the spine that are affected by arthritis. The inflammation could be the cause of the pressure on a nerve.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections is a great option if you are experiencing discomfort, numbness and other sensations from sciatica or if you are suffering from chronic back pain. The steroid injection is administered into the spinal canal to help reduce the inflamed tissue.
We are the Best at What We Do
Our doctors are trained specialists in interventional radiology. They are highly-skilled with the technique to carefully administer these treatments. We want to get you back on your feet, enjoying life as quickly as possible. Pinched nerves are a cumbersome condition. Don’t wait any longer to get relief.
Call us today to schedule a consultation and to get started on your healing process to be set free from discomfort.