Pinched nerves are a common problem in adults over the age of 50, but they can happen at any age. At AABP Integrative Pain Care, with offices in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn, Midtown East, New York City, as well as White Plains and Great Neck, New York, the esteemed anesthesia and pain management physicians are experts in diagnosing and effectively treating pinched nerves. Call the office nearest you or click on the provided booking tool for help now.
A pinched nerve is a nerve that’s squeezed, pinched, or otherwise compressed by the bone or tissue surrounding it. The most common areas for a pinched nerve to develop are the neck (cervical radiculopathy), middle back (thoracic radiculopathy), and lower back (sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy). Carpal tunnel syndrome (in the wrist) is another type of pinched nerve.
There are several possible reasons that a pinched nerve may occur, including herniated discs, arthritis, bone spurs, overuse, and traumatic injury.
Pinched nerve symptoms may include:
Some people may experience almost constant neck pain or back pain, but symptoms often come and go when you have a pinched nerve. They can be quite severe but may recede when you rest.
The AABP Integrative Pain Care team performs a physical exam and discusses your symptoms and pain level with you. They’ll check your muscle strength, reflexes, and nerve function.
You may also need imaging tests, ranging from X-rays to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and possibly other types of testing to verify the specific issue and exactly where the damage occurs.
Pinched nerves can potentially turn into a long-term issue like irreversible nerve damage if you don’t seek treatment. Fortunately, AABP Integrative Pain Care offers treatments to free your pinched nerve and ease your pain.
Some of the most common treatment options for pinched nerves include rest, bracing, corticosteroid, and anesthetic injections such as epidural steroid injections.
Depending on how severe the nerve damage is, you may need other advanced treatments like spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency ablation for long-term relief.
If you have a pinched nerve once, you may be prone to the same problem again in the future. The team can help you make lifestyle adjustments to reduce your risk of recurrent pinched nerves.
It’s rare to need surgery for a pinched nerve, but the team can recommend a specific minimally invasive procedure that meets your needs if you have chronic pain due to a pinched nerve.
The AABP Integrative Pain Care team can customize an effective pain relief plan for your pinched nerve, so don’t wait to call the nearest office or schedule online now.