Pinched Nerve

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What is a Pinched Nerve?

Nerves are like wires, starting from your brain and spinal cord, sending important messages to your body.

A pinched nerve is a condition in which one of your nerves, is compressed or stuck between other structures. It'll send you warning signals such as pain. Don't ignore if you're having recurring pains, contact us immediately for early treatment.

Pinched nerves can be caused by a number of other conditions:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal Stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal arthritis

The symptoms of a pinched nerve can vary, depending on the location of the affected nerve.

Pain—which can be shooting, sharp or aching

  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms or other uncontrolled muscle movements
  • Weakness or an atrophying of the muscle

The same symptoms, as above, can occur in the lower part of the body, including the legs and feet, if the damaged nerve is located in the thoracic or lumbar regions. If the pain comes from the sciatic nerve and travels down the leg from the Buttock, it’s known as sciatica.

How Is a Pinched Nerve Diagnosed?

Your physician will determine nerve pain and dysfunction, also known as radiculopathy, through a physical examination, medical history, a review of your symptoms and accompanying conditions, and tests such as MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography) scans, nerve conduction studies and electromyographic test (assesses muscle and nerve function.)

What causes a pinched nerve ?

The conditions which lead to pinched nerve can be variable. Pinched nerves indicate that there's some excess pressure on the nerve. This pressure may be generated due to repeated motions, or even from holding your body in one position for long periods, like keeping your elbows and knees bent while sleeping.

Nerves are most vulnerable to damage where they passes through narrow grooves (mostly between ligaments, bones and tendons) without protective covering. Mostly the inflammations or pressures on a nerve root exiting spinal cord leads to severe neck or lower back pain. If not treated in time, the pain may also spread shoulder, arms (cervical radiculopathy) or legs, feet ( sciatic nerve pain). So whatever may be the case, you need to immediately seek for clinical advice.

Nerve compressions in your neck or arm may also cause symptoms in areas such as your:

  • Elbow
  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Fingers

Advanced Surgical Treatments for Pinched Nerves at JPRC

Periodically traditionalist ways to deal with medicines carry help to patients, Non-careful techniques like rest, non-intrusive treatment, restorative activities, drugs and steroid infusions. other laser procedures for spine-pain management.If these approaches lose their efficacy or don’t alleviate the pain symptom, sometimes surgically repairing like Minimal Invasive procedures the damage or Decompressing the nerve is the best option. less invasive procedure.

Since a variety of conditions can cause a pinched nerve, consulting with an experienced neurosurgeon who is adept at treating your underlying conditions is key. JPRC has a team of leading neurosurgeons and pain physicians who specialize in minimally invasive and complex spine surgeries.

Our Doctors' Interventional pain physician and neurosurgeons are knowledgeable in a wide range of surgical procedures to treat the cause of your Radiculopathy,