A pinched nerve (also called a “compressed nerve”), though it sounds like something minimal, can be a painful and frustrating condition. Pain may occur in the neck or lower back, and may radiate to the arms, shoulders, legs or feet. It may also be accompanied by numbness, weakness, tingling, or an uncomfortable “pins and needles” sensation. A pinched nerve can occur due to repetitive motion or from holding a certain position for a long period of time, or may be brought on by pressure from another spinal condition, like a herniated disc, bone spurs or a spinal tumor.

A pinched nerve can also be a potentially long-term condition, if not addressed quickly and properly. Because nerves have very little in the way of protection, continuous pressure by bones, ligaments or tendons can cause pain and/or other symptoms that, if left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage. Extended nerve compression can also cause the barrier around the nerve to break down, leading to swelling (which increases pressure) and/or scarring. In some cases, prolonged nerve compression can lead to other chronic nerve conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow.

Non-surgical treatment for a pinched nerve may include:

  • Rest
  • A splint or brace
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relievers

If pain from the pinched nerve is severe and caused by a condition like bone spurs, a spinal tumor or a herniated disc, surgery may be needed to relieve compression of the nerve. In carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, surgery may mean severing the carpal ligament to provide more space in the wrist for the nerve to pass through.

If you are experiencing pain that you believe may be caused by a pinched nerve, contact our office at your earliest convenience to set up an initial appointment with Dr. Neece to have your condition evaluated.