A pinched nerve is one that's being compressed by the bones or tissues surrounding it. Because there are nerves all over your body, you could have a pinched nerve almost anywhere.
Pinched nerves often cause a stabbing or electric shock type pain. Depending on the nerves affected, it's common for a pinched nerve to affect your body in other ways too, causing symptoms such as:
Some of the more common conditions caused by pinched nerves include:
Radiculopathy is the name for pinched nerves in your spine. Cervical radiculopathy refers to a pinched nerve in your neck, while lumbar radiculopathy refers to a pinched nerve in your lower back.
Your carpal tunnel is a bony formation in your wrist. This condition develops when the median nerve that runs from your shoulder to the thumb side of your hand comes under pressure in the carpal tunnel.
Your sciatic nerve goes from the bottom of your spine into your pelvis, then splits in two. One half of the nerve then goes down each leg. The compression of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica.
You might experience a pinched nerve because of an acute injury, where part of your body moves out of alignment or gets damaged. The incorrectly aligned or damaged tissues could then put pressure on the nerves nearby.
More commonly, a pinched nerve develops due to the effects of aging, wear-and-tear, and overuse on your body. Conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease all cause changes in your spine and compress the nerves where they exit your spinal cord.
Thickened ligaments, scar tissue, and tissue inflammation can also constrict your nerves.
The Goodlife Physical Medicine team provides expert, non-invasive physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for patients that are successful in relieving pinched nerve symptoms in many cases.
If you find these treatments painful, your provider may perform manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) to keep you comfortable.
If physical therapies don’t relieve your symptoms, the Goodlife Physical Medicine team also offers a range of advanced treatments to deal with pinched nerves, including:
They also use regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy using cells from your own bone marrow, AmnioCyte Plus™ amniotic tissue allographs, and Core Cyte™ umbilical cord tissue to promote healthy cell growth.
To find out more or schedule a consultation, call Goodlife Physical Medicine or book an appointment online today.