If you’ve ever had one, you know that a pinched nerve causes pain and other annoying aches or numbness in a specific area of your body. If you have chronic pain symptoms that can be traced back to a pinched nerve, Abdul Qadir, MD, expert pain management specialist, at Regional Pain Care, in Pleasantville, New Jersey, provides effective pain-relieving therapies. Find out why you have a pinched nerve so you can get the compassionate care you need. Call to schedule an appointment today.
A pinched nerve, also called radiculopathy, refers to pressure on a nerve that causes pain or discomfort. The nerve pressure may be the result of soft tissue, bone, or a herniated disc in your spine. Nerve roots branch off from your spinal cord and go between each of your vertebrae.
When part of your spine becomes injured or compressed, affecting these nerve roots, you experience the painful symptoms of a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves are common in your lower back (lumbar radiculopathy) or in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). You may also experience a pinched nerve in your wrist, as is the case with carpal tunnel syndrome.
It depends on where the nerve compression occurs, but signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve typically involve:
Left untreated, symptoms of a pinched nerve can cause daily pain and discomfort. You may have trouble finding a comfortable sitting position if the nerve compression is in your lower spine, as is sometimes the case with sciatica.
A variety of conditions can lead to too much pressure on a nerve. A herniated disc in your lower spine is one of the most common causes of a pinched nerve. Repetitive motion that leads to swollen tendons and median nerve compression results in carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist.
Other causes include:
Treated promptly, a pinched nerve doesn’t usually result in permanent nerve damage. However, left untreated, constant pressure on a nerve leads to chronic pain and may cause permanent nerve damage.
Dr. Qadir takes a whole-person approach to alleviating your pinched nerve symptoms. He creates an individual treatment plan based on your specific needs, and in most cases, recommends a combination of physical therapies, medical management, and injections, such as epidural injections.
Medical management combines medications that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Daily exercises at home may also help alleviate nerve pressure.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, make an appointment for a comprehensive pain evaluation to learn if you have a pinched nerve. Call the office today.