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What Is A Pinched Nerve?
By Pain Specialty Consultants, PA
June 06, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Pinched Nerve  

Find out if you’re suffering from a pinched nerve and how visiting us can help.piched nerve

You have nerves that branch out from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and send signals to all other areas of your body to tell it what to do. These signals may tell you to take your hand off the stove because it’s hot or it might tell you to wave goodbye to a friend. Of course, if you have a pinched never you may notice pain or a lack of flexibility or range of motion. This is when our San Antonio, TX, pain management specialist, Dr. Prafulla Singh, can step in to help.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

If you have a pinched nerve you may notice a pins-and-needles sensation in a specific area. You may notice pain that starts in either the neck or back and may also travel to other areas of your body such as the arms or legs. You may notice numbness or weakness as a result of your pinched nerve. You may also find that certain movements exacerbate your symptoms.

How do pinched nerves happen?

In most cases, a pinched nerve happens when it is compressed against tissue and bone, tendons or ligaments. When the nerve is compressed for any extensive amount of time, it can lead to inflammation near the nerve root, which can cause pain.

A pinched nerve can also be a complication of another condition such as neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome or a herniated disc.

How can our pain management specialist help you?

If you suspect that you have a pinched nerve, you should call our San Antonio pain doctor. If you ignore the problem you may just end up facing permanent damage to the nerve. While some patients can avoid certain exacerbating activities to ease their symptoms, your treatment plan will really depend on the severity of your pinched nerve.

We can also recommend certain medications such as prescription-strength pain relievers or more extensive treatments like steroid injections, for serious inflammation caused by your pinched nerve. Physical therapy can also be a great way to stretch out and even strengthen the muscles to protect them from issues in the future.

Are you experiencing pain or other symptoms of a pinched nerve? If so, it’s important that you don’t ignore these symptoms. Call Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX, today to help treat the compressions to improve how your body functions.