A pinched nerve is an incredibly common condition that occurs when one of your nerves is compressed.
Nerve compression can happen more often in areas where there is little or no soft tissue protecting your nerves. Our nerves travel throughout our entire body, and when they are in narrow spaces without much tissue protecting them, they’re especially vulnerable and prone to being compressed or “pinched.”
If you have a pinched nerve, you may experience a number of symptoms that can be quite painful at times. While conservative treatments are generally prescribed first, patients with advanced cases may be candidates for minimally invasive surgical treatment.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A PINCHED NERVE?
Sometimes pain may be your only symptom, if you have a pinched nerve. It is also possible to experience other symptoms without any pain, such as:
- Tingling, or “pins and needles”
- Symptoms that worsen when you move a certain way, like turning your head
- A warm or burning sensation
Patients who experience symptoms from pinched nerves should make note of where they are sensing any pain or discomfort. Depending on where the nerve is and how severe the compression is, pain can radiate to other parts of the body. If you experience a pinched nerve in your neck or arm, for instance, you may have symptoms in your hands or fingers.
If nerve compression is left untreated for a long time, the protective area around the nerve could break down, causing fluid to build up or scarring, which can interfere with the nerve’s function.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR ME?
The treatment for a pinched or compressed nerve depends on the severity of your condition.
In many cases, patients can relieve their symptoms through adequate rest and at-home treatments like hot and cold compresses.
However, if your symptoms worsen, or if you have already attempted more conservative, at-home treatments for your condition, you can make an appointment for a free consultation with Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care today. Dr. Joseph Weinstein and his team specialize in minimally-invasive surgical procedures to alleviate pain due to spinal conditions.