Treating a Pinched Nerve
October 27, 2015
Your body’s nervous system runs from your brain down through your spine and throughout your body. These delicate communicators help send signals from your extremities to your brain and back again. When nerves become trapped between a spinal disc or compressed inside the wrist from repetitive motion, they can cause pain, weakness and numbness. Treating a pinched nerve begins by diagnosing the problem and finding a treatment option that releases the pressure on the nerve.
Pinched Nerve Symptoms and Treatments
Having a pinched nerve is a painful and frustrating experience. Often the pain can come and go, occurring with a certain movement one day, then subsiding the next. For most people, the symptoms of a pinched nerve include localized pain, radiating pain (common with sciatica), tingling, numbness, burning or weakness. Pinched nerves generally happen in areas where nerves can be compressed by tendons, bones or cartilage, such as the neck, spine and joints.
To treat a pinched nerve, there may be several options depending on where the nerve is located and what is causing the pressure. In less severe cases, rest may reduce the inflammation on the area and relieve the pain. For more severe issues where a herniated disc or scar tissue is pressing on the nerve, it may be necessary for surgery to remove the pressure.
A pinched nerve can cause severe pain that can reduce the quality of life for the individual. For pinched nerve issues related to carpal tunnel, herniated disc or other orthopedic issues, seek medical treatment with a spine and orthopedic specialist. For individualized treatment solutions, consult a specialist that offers both surgical and non-surgical options for permanent pain relief from pinched nerves.
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Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328