What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve develops when surrounding tissues place an increased amount of pressure on a nerve. This, in turn, causes issues with the functions of the nerve and can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness. With the ability to occur within multiple areas of the body, a pinched nerve commonly occurs in the spine, leading to lower and upper back pain. At Tricity Pain Associates, our team of experienced pain management specialists offers innovative treatments to address the symptoms associated with a pinched nerve. Through care that is specialized to your individualized needs, the physicians at our Texas locations can offer you relief from pinched nerves. To learn more, we invite you to contact one of our state-of-the-art facilities to schedule an initial consultation.
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Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve
A number of symptoms and signs can be associated with a pinched nerve, such as:
- Numbness and tingling in the area around the nerve
- Weakness in the affected area
- Feeling that a limb has fallen asleep
- Pain and aching that may emit to the outer areas of the body
For many patients, the symptoms of a pinched nerve can be more noticeable when sleeping.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
By definition, a pinched nerve is caused by surrounding tissues placing too much pressure on a nerve. However, there are several conditions and factors that may cause a pinched nerve to occur, such as an injury, arthritis, repetitive motion or stress on one area, and obesity. Some other factors linked to the development of a pinched nerve include diabetes, bone spurs, thyroid disease, prolonged bed rest, and pregnancy. While in some cases a pinched nerve may cause no permanent damage, if it continues for a long time without treatment, it can lead to chronic pain and cause permanent damage to the affected nerve. This is why it is important to receive treatment if you notice lingering pain and other symptoms of a pinched nerve.
Treatments for a Pinched Nerve
There are several treatments and procedure options that may be beneficial to treat a pinched nerve. These can range from pain management medications to physical therapy or a more invasive procedure, such as steroid injections. Additionally, one of our certified physicians may also suggest a decompression procedure. This procedure is performed to relieve pressure on the affected area. No matter the treatment recommended for you, our team will provide you with all of the necessary information to allow you to fully understand your options. We also offer the appropriate aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly and comfortably.
Alleviate Your Symptoms
A pinched nerve can cause serious discomfort for those who suffer from it. At Tricity Pain Associates, we take every effort to provide you with the best results possible to alleviate your symptoms. Contact one of our Texas locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation with one of our trained pain management specialists.