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Pinched Nerves

Your body can have pinched nerves in many places, but even one small nerve impingement can send pain signals throughout different parts of your body. A pinched nerve can occur for a variety of reasons, which is why you need an expert in impinged nerve treatment to provide you with a correct diagnosis and help you discover how to avoid additional treatment for a pinched nerve. In NYC and northern New Jersey, call the experts at New York Pain Care. There you’ll learn how to treat a nerve impingement and find relief from the pain you’ve got now.

What Creates a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerve
Pinched nerve in the back

Damage to a nerve — or an injury that affects a group of nerves — creates pinched nerves, also called nerve impingement. When a nerve becomes stretched, compressed or constricted, the tension or pressure creates a pinched nerve. As the stress strains the nerve, the nerve delivers caution signals to your brain. In turn, these signals trigger pain, burning, a lack of sensation or a loss of strength. Then your nerve stops functioning at its full capacity.

The first step is to identify the source of your pain and discomfort. The experienced pain management doctors at New York Pain Care locate your pinched nerve or find another explanation for your pain. Then they develop a tailored care plan to address the problem and stop your pain. Early detection helps to avoid further complications, so visit one of their three offices in Manhattan or one of the five in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey.

Where in My Body Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?

Nerve impingement in one area of your body can cause pain at the site of an injury or in another part of your body altogether, which is why it’s even more important to visit a specialist to pinpoint the problem. Your discomfort often it starts at a joint, but can spread to a nearby area to create radiating pain or to a distant part of the body to create referred pain.

Because where you feel the pain may not be where the source actually is, you need to get to a pain management doctor for a definitive diagnosis. Impinged nerve treatment can’t begin until the doctor locates the source. The most common sites of a pinched nerve include:

  • Wrist. A pinched nerve in your wrist can cause a numbness and tingling sensation in your hand and fingers. This pinching may be a precursor to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Elbow. The ulnar nerve runs the length of your arm. It can become compressed, leading to elbow pain or shoulder pain.
  • Back. You may experience a pinched nerve at different points of the spine, leading to back pain along your spine anywhere from your neck to your hips and pelvis.

What Are Some Risk Factors for Getting a Pinched Nerve?

Nerve impingement becomes more pervasive as you age. Various lifestyle and genetic factors make you more susceptible to developing pinched nerves, too, including your gender and the type of work you do. These influences include:

  • Repetitive motions, as in factory or computer work
  • Competitive sports
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Gender, as females more often contract carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • A trauma or injury
  • Bone spurs caused by bone thickening
  • Inflammation produced by rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Too much time in a prone position

Dr. Amr Hosny at New York Pain Care discusses the risk factors that apply to you and how to minimize pinched nerves in the future. Trust Dr. Hosny to find your pinched nerve, even if your symptoms appear elsewhere. He knows how to treat a nerve impingement.

What Type of Pinched Nerve Treatment Is Effective?

The talented team of pain specialists offer several treatment options. The location of the impingement and the severity of your pain dictate the type of treatment you receive, which is why you need a firm diagnosis before beginning treatment for a pinched nerve. Nerve impingement treatment in the hand, wrist, or elbows may involve:

  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Preventive education, based on your specific circumstances

Treatments for pinched nerves in the cervical spine may include:

  • A series of epidural steroid injections in your neck, which contain anti-inflammatory pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Trigger point injections
  • A neck brace for a limited period

A pinched nerve in the back treatment includes:

  • Pain management services
  • Physical therapy, with a specific customized program to meet your needs
  • Over-the-counter pain medication or muscle relaxers
  • Electrical stimulation or ultrasound
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Electromyography
  • Joint fluid replacement
  • Joint manipulation

Many of these treatment modalities may be interchangeable. They treat disorders in more than one part of the body. Your pain management doctors are receptive to your input and always prefer to offer the least invasive treatments first.

When Is Non-Surgical Treatment Not Enough?

The accomplished physicians at New Your Pain Care are advocates for non-surgical procedures. But if you’ve tried other treatment remedies to no avail, they may recommend surgery. Minimally invasive surgical interventions include:

  • Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy (RFA) uses radiofrequency to disrupt nerve function. It prevents the nerve from sending pain messages to the brain.
  • Laminectomy is a procedure that relieves the pressure on the impinged nerve. This method removes the lamina, which is part of the vertebra, to create more space for the nerve.
  • Vertebroplasty is a technique that stabilizes the spine.
  • A spinal cord stimulator places an electrical device on the affected area. This device transmits electric pulses that disrupt pain messages to the brain.
  • Selective endoscopic discectomy is an outpatient procedure. This process removes parts of your damaged intervertebral disc that stress your nerves.

Dr. Hosny, the leading physician at New York Pain Care, finishes a diagnostic evaluation to determine what path of treatment is best for you. Contact your pain management doctors today.

Page Updated on Dec 29, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of New York Pain Care
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