Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is a condition that occurs when surrounding tissue or structures compress the nerve and reduces its ability to function properly. The most common places in the spine that a pinched nerve occurs are in the neck or lower back. If the lower lumbar nerves become compressed or pinched, this condition is commonly referred to as sciatica. More information on sciatica can be found here.

Pinched Nerve
Pinched Nerve

How Do I Know if I Have a Pinched Nerve?

Symptoms of a pinched nerve are usually felt in the extremities, either the arms or legs, depending on where the pinched nerve occurred. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain that radiates along the nerve path, and a sensation of pins and needles. The longer the nerve remains compressed the more chance there is that permanent damage may occur. Because of this, it is important to seek treatment as soon as the condition is diagnosed.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from a pinched nerve? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Best Pinched Nerve Treatment for Me?

Pinched nerve treatment consists of treating the underlying condition responsible for nerve compression. With that being said most common treatments would consist of rest, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, and possibly physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.

OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating a pinched nerve we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your pinched nerve? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.

Treatment For Pinched Nerves

Symptoms are likely to vary from person to person along with the treatment. The treatment will depend on how severe the pain is and the cause of nerve compression. Most of the time, it is not required to seek immediate help since the body usually figures out how to decompress the nerve itself.

With that being said, there are ways you can treat a pinched nerve by doing home remedies. A few of these remedies are getting enough sleep and rest, adjusting your posture, implementing ergonomic workstations, taking pain medication, implementing yoga, and seeking physical therapy. If you find that these home remedies don’t seem to help you, then you must speak with a pinched nerve specialist to help you treat your pain.  If your symptoms seem too persistent then contacting an orthopedic can help by performing surgery to help relieve pain.

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