Pinched nerves can cause acute, stabbing pain or long-term chronic discomfort, but either way, they can be a pain in the neck – or back, or any other part of your body. The team at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., located in Sheffield Village, Ohio, can diagnose the origin of your pinched nerve pain and prescribe the most effective treatments to relieve your discomfort and get you back to normal. For a fast and accurate assessment of your pain, call NeuroSpinecare today, or book an appointment online.
A pinched nerve is a problem that occurs because of pressure from one of the tissues surrounding the nerve, which could be muscles, connective tissues, or bones. Common causes include:
Accurate identification of the affected nerve is essential to the successful treatment of pinched nerves.
When you visit NeuroSpinecare, the team discusses your symptoms, carries out a thorough physical exam, and uses their extensive experience in diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions to make an initial diagnosis.
They then use further diagnostic techniques to confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent of the problem. Two of these tests, nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG), are often done at the same time. These tests measure electrical signals in your nerves and electrical activity in your muscles.
The team may also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or high-resolution ultrasound to create detailed images of the soft tissues.
Treatment for a pinched nerve often involves rest to reduce inflammation and prevent the pressure on the nerve getting any worse. You may wish to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help with any discomfort, but if these aren’t providing sufficient relief the team at NeuroSpinecare can use corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation.
A splint or brace can be useful to keep the area immobilized and in a better position to relieve compression.
For example, a wrist splint can ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition where the median nerve comes under pressure as it passes through the wrist.
Physical therapy is also important, and your therapist can show you how to strengthen and stretch the tissues around the nerve to help relieve pressure.
In some cases, you may need surgery for your pinched nerve. This might involve repairing or replacing a herniated disc in your spine, or removing bone spurs that are pressing on nerves.
For conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, a release operation cuts the carpal ligament in your wrist makes room for the nerve without affecting the function of your wrist.
If you think you have a pinched nerve or you’re experiencing any kind of unexplained musculoskeletal pain, call NeuroSpinecare, Inc., today or book an appointment online.