The human nervous system is astounding. This complex web of nerves communicates sensory information to the brain around the clock. Nerves allow you to feel the breeze on your face, the sun at your back, and the touch of those you love. A pinched nerve is a painful condition that can distract you from all of the pleasurable sensations. To find relief from a pinched nerve, many people from the greater Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, areas turn to the professionals like David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., and Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D. at Apex Medical Center.
Nerves are located throughout your body and are a part of normal function most people never think about. When a nerve suffers from excessive pressure, however, pain and other uncomfortable sensations occur and make it hard to get through the day.
Pressure from bones, muscles, cartilage, or tendons can cause pinched nerves. Pinched nerves can occur at numerous sites throughout your body.
An injury, repetitive stress, arthritis, or obesity can also cause pinched nerves. Women are more likely than men to experience pinched nerves in their carpal tunnel. If you have bone spurs, you also have an elevated risk of experiencing a pinched nerve.
In most cases, your body sends you clear signals something is compressing a nerve. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
If you experience these symptoms, try to rest the area for a few days. If the condition worsens or doesn’t improve, contact your doctor to pursue treatment.
The first step in treating a pinched nerve is to rest the affected area and stop any movement or activity that could aggravate it. If discomfort persists, you can explore additional treatment options.
Medications can assist with pain originating from a pinched nerve. Anti-inflammatories can help relieve pressure on the nerve and give you time to pursue additional treatments.
Physical therapy and environmental modification can help alleviate pain and prevent future injury. That's especially true for people suffering from pinched nerves related to repetitive stress or poor ergonomics at home or work.
In some cases, you may need surgery to repair damaged bones or cartilage placing excessive pressure on nearby nerves.
If you believe you have a pinched nerve, reach out to the staff at Apex Medical Center to schedule an appointment. The team has a broad range of diagnostic tools that can identify the source of pain or discomfort and get you started on a path toward relief.