What Is a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves can be caused by a number of other conditions:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Bone spurs
- Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Spinal arthritis
The symptoms of a pinched nerve can vary, depending on the location of the affected nerve.
A nerve in the cervical spine that has pressure on it from neighboring tissues may cause symptoms in the neck, the shoulders, upper torso, arms and hands:
- pain—which can be shooting, sharp or aching
- muscle spasms or other uncontrolled muscle movements
- weakness or an atrophying of the muscle
The same symptoms, as above, can occur in the lower part of the body, including the legs and feet, if the damaged nerve is located in the thoracic or lumbar regions. If the pain comes from the sciatic nerve and travels down the leg from the buttock, it’s known as sciatica.
How Is a Pinched Nerve Diagnosed?
Your physician will determine nerve pain and dysfunction, also known as radiculopathy, through a physical examination, medical history, a review of your symptoms and accompanying conditions, and tests such as MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography) scans, nerve conduction studies and electromyographic test (assesses muscle and nerve function.)
Advanced Surgical Treatments for Pinched Nerves at JPRC
Often times conservative approaches to treatments bring relief to patients, non-surgical methods such as rest, physical therapy, therapeutic exercises, medications and steroid injections. If these approaches lose their efficacy or don’t alleviate the pain symptom, sometimes surgically repairing the damage or decompressing the nerve is the best option.
Since a variety of conditions can cause a pinched nerve, consulting with an experienced neurosurgeon who is adept at treating your underlying conditions is key. JPRC has a team of leading neurosurgeons and pain physician who specialize in minimally invasive and complex spine surgeries.
Our doctors are knowledgeable in a wide range of surgical procedures to treat the cause of your radiculopathy,