At MISI pinched nerve treatment is achieved through minimally invasive techniques. A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues such as bone spurs, disc herniation and ligaments. This pressure (compression) disrupts the nerve’s function – causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the affected area, and in many cases causing permanent damage if not addressed with the right pinched nerve treatment. A pinched nerve can occur anywhere in your body. For example, a herniated disk in your cervical spine may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down your arms or hands, or a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine may cause pain to radiate into your leg (sciatica). Another common type of pinched nerve is the median nerve in the carpal tunnel in your wrist; compression of that nerve can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome). These are just some common examples of pinched nerves; many other nerves can be pinched including those in your neck, shoulder, elbow and other areas.
Examples of pinched nerves can include the symptoms:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve.
- Sharp or burning pain, which may radiate outward. When the pinched nerve comes from the spinal cord, coughing or sneezing may aggravate the pain.
- Tingling, “pins and needles” sensations (paresthesia).
- Muscle weakness or twitching in the affected area.
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep.”
Our approach to pinched nerve treatment can involve a variety of different modalities, including medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care and injections. Most people’s symptoms will improve with conservative treatment. In some cases, however, surgery is necessary. If that is your situation, you can trust that our pinched nerve treatment will be as minimally invasive as possible.Why Minimally Invasive?