What To Do About a Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve, called radiculopathy, results when surrounding tissue such as bones, muscles, cartilage, or tendons, apply too much pressure to one area of the nerve. This unnatural pressure interferes with your nerve’s normal function. Your body reacts with pain, numbness, and other types of discomfort to alert you that something is wrong.

Relief from pinched nerve pain involves identifying the source of the compressed nerve. The physicians at The Spine Center at the Bone & Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Walker, and Prairieville, Louisiana, provide expert diagnosis and treatment for pinched nerve pain. With extensive experience in treating pinched nerves in the spine, neck, and wrist, the staff can help you get relief and avoid a recurrence of debilitating symptoms.

Recognize symptoms

The symptoms of a pinched nerve vary depending on the location of the nerve compression. A pinched nerve in your lower back may result in the following symptoms:

When the pinched nerve occurs in your neck, you may have these symptoms:

A pinched nerve in your wrist may result from carpal tunnel syndrome. This occurs when the median nerve in your wrist becomes compressed. This nerve controls movement and sensation of your thumb and first three fingers. As a result, you may experience these types of symptoms:

Get medical attention 

It’s important to seek medical attention when you recognize the possibility that you may have a pinched nerve. Early treatment can prevent irreversible nerve damage and long-term pain. A thorough medical examination includes testing your range of motion, reflexes, and ability to do specific movements. Imaging tests such as CT scan, X-ray, or MRI can help in pinpointing the location and cause of your pain.

The most common treatment for a pinched nerve involves rest. Depending on the location and intensity of pain, you may also benefit from treatments like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), oral corticosteroids to reduce swelling and pain, or physical therapy, exercises, and stretches. 

When intense pain persists, you may require surgery to remove scar tissue, bone spurs, or disc material that surround your pinched nerve. These procedures can provide relief by clearing out the area of compression.  

Avoid recurrence

If you experience the pain and inconvenience of a pinched nerve, you’ll be motivated to avoid recurrence. You can help prevent a pinched nerve with the following precautions:

If you’re experiencing the pain and discomfort of a pinched nerve, don’t ignore the symptoms. Schedule an appointment or call our office to find out how you can achieve relief and restore mobility. 

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