Common Causes and Treatments for Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves occur when the tissue around the nerve squeezes it tightly. When the nerve is being compressed, a person may feel a variety of different symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or even the affected part of their body feeling hot. Sometime a person has pain that makes movement difficult, and certain movements may also cause a person to feel even more pain. A person may think they do not need to seek medical treatment for their pinched nerves because he or she may think nothing can be done. However, a person may not know how their pinched nerve was caused or that there are a variety of medical treatments that can treat it.

Causes of Pinched Nerves

There are many ways that a person can end up with a pinched nerve. The most common cause of a nerve being compressed is a person doing something repetitive, such as computer work, but there are other causes. A person may be suffering from an arthritis condition that may cause bone to move out place and end up pressing against a nerve causing a lot of pain. Another common cause of a pinched nerve is obesity. When a person is overweight, they have heavier body tissue, and that body tissue can end up squeezing their nerves in certain places of their bodies. A person can end up in a car accident, and the force of the impact of another vehicle can cause whiplash. With whiplash, the force of the neck moving the way it does can cause the bone in the neck to go out of place, which will compress the nerves.

Treatment Options

The treatment for pinched nerves depends on the severity of the pain that a person is feeling. Sometimes, a person that has minimum pain, and only experiences it when doing certain activities, can find relief from a pinched nerve by not doing whatever causes them pain. However, for other people who have more pain, simply not doing a certain activity may not be enough to bring them relief. If the cause of the pinched nerves is swollen tissue, then there are many anti-inflammatory medications that can reduce that swelling and reduce that pressure on the nerve. There are over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen that can reduce tissue swelling, and a person may need stronger medication that requires a prescription. Corticosteroids can be prescribed by a doctor to take care of tissue inflammation.

If medications are not enough to treat pinched nerves, the person affected might need surgery to take away whatever it is that is causing the nerve compression. Sometimes there may be other things causing the compression like scar tissue or bone fragments. An operation can be performed to remove the obstruction pressing against the nerve, and if there was damage, a person may regain some of the nerve function with physical therapy.

Pinched nerves can be caused by such things as a car accident, being overweight, or having arthritis. A pinched nerve is a nerve that is being pressed by bones or other tissue. The treatment for getting that pressure off of the nerve can include reducing the swelling of tissue by taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or corticosteroids. However, what is causing the pinched nerve is something other than tissue; a person may have to have surgery to relieve the nerve pressure. Once the surgery is performed and completed, our Clinic will provide you with a Treatment Rehabilitation plan that will be monitored by Dr. Alexander and our staff.