Nerve compression or also simply known as pinched nerve, is a term to describe a painful condition that happens when a structural part of the body applies a large amount of pressure on a nerve or a group of nerves. This condition causes affected nerves to stop functioning normally, causing pain and discomfort in the surrounding area.
Although it can occur anywhere in the body, the most common areas affected by nerve compression are around the neck, shoulder, elbow and the lower back area. Factors like having bad posture, obesity, repetitive movements or even genetics can increase the risk of having nerve compression.
Nerve compression symptoms do not usually pinpoint the accurate location of the pinched nerve because the pain can radiate into connected nerves all over the body. In many serious cases, this condition could potentially cause permanent damage. The most common pinched nerve symptoms may include:
- Arm and leg weakness
- Severe pain
- Less sensitivity to pain and temperature
- Tingling sensation
- Movement restriction
Doctors may conduct these following diagnostic tests after physical/clinical exams and series of questions regarding the patient’s symptoms:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show detailed images of the body
- Electromyography (EMG) to test the electrical activities happening in the muscles
- Nerve conduction exam to measure electrical impulses happening inside the nerves
The type of treatment Burak Ozgur, MD recommends depend on which nerves are affected by the compression. Dr. Ozgur recommends non-surgical and conservative methods during the early stages, like exercising, refraining from high-risk activities, medication, non-surgical injections or physical therapy.
However, if symptoms continue to progress after using non-surgical methods, patients are recommended to undergo minimally invasive surgery to decompress affected nerves.
Burak Ozgur, MD can address your nerve compression (pinched nerve) to help you find relief from pain. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.