The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and nerve roots in the back. They specialize in treating compression in the spinal column caused due to Pinched Nerve.

Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve is characterized by a disruption in the functioning of a nerve root or nerve that runs along the vertebrae in the spine. The condition may occur as a result of excessive pressure exerted by the bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage or muscles surrounding the nerve. There are two main types of nerves, sensory and motor, that are spread through the spinal canal. The sensory nerves transmit information from the organs to the brain while the motor nerves carry signals from the brain to different body parts. When any of these nerves is pinched, it may cease the transfer of information between the brain and the body.

Causes Of Pinched Nerve

  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Injury
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Stress from repetitive activities

Symptoms Of Pinched Nerve

  • Pain in the area of compression
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Pain may radiate to upper or lower extremities
  • Muscle weakness along the path of the nerve
  • Pain may aggravate with coughing or sneezing
  • Pins and needles or Paresthesia
  • Decrease or loss of sensation in the affected nerve

Diagnosis Of Pinched Nerve

The spine specialist may conduct a physical examination to evaluate the symptoms experienced by the patient. X-rays, CT scans or MRI may be conducted to rule out other orthopedic problems. The doctor may also recommend a nerve conduction study or electromyography (EMG) to determine the extent of compression and disruption of the functionality of the nerve.

Treatment For Pinched Nerve

  • Rest: The patient may be advised to take ample rest and refrain from any physical activities that may cause pain or worsen the compression.
  • Medications: The spine surgeon may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain.
  • Cast Or Brace: Wearing a back brace or cast may help to immobilize the spine and avoid any movements that may put pressure on the back.
  • Physical Therapy: The physical therapist may help you perform light exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the back. He may also recommend certain nerve strengthening exercise to prevent the condition from relapsing.
  • Surgery: If conservative treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be required to release pressure from the affected nerve.  

For comprehensive treatment of Pinched Nerve, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, call at (214) 618-5502.