What are Compressed Nerves?
Compressed nerves are also known as pinched nerves. Nerves become pinched when untoward pressure is applied to them by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, discs, muscles, tendons or bone spurs.
Pinched nerves common areas
Pinched nerves can occur throughout the body, with the most common locations including the spine, specifically the neck and lower back along with the hand in a common condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Compressed Nerve symptoms
The untoward pressure can disrupt the nerve’s function, possibly leading to:
Compressed Nerve treatment
Treatment for a compressed nerve ranges from conservative treatment to surgery. In many cases a pinched nerve can be treated with rest and ice. If the pinched nerve is in the arm either at the elbow causing cubital tunnel syndrome or in the hand as carpal tunnel syndrome, a brace may be recommended to limit the amount of movement around the nerve. The brace also prevents the patient from movements that may further compress or pinch the affected nerve. Medications can also be prescribed ranging from anti-inflammatories to nerve medications such as lyrica or neurontin. Physical therapy can also be prescribed to assist in strengthening the muscles around the back or neck if the pinched nerve is in these regions.
When would I need surgery?
Patients with compressed nerves from pressure on either the nerve roots or the spinal canal could be suffering from stenosis, and could be recommended to undergo a series of epidural injections in which a licensed medical provider places steroid medications near the area where the nerves are compressed or irritated. If the condition fails to improve with conservative measures could benefit from surgery which ranges from a simple procedure to open space for the nerves or spinal nerves to potentially involving a fusion if too much of the disc or facet joint is needed to be resected to properly free up the pinched nerve.
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