Conditions

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched Nerve

Your spine is a very intricate part of the body and it carries electrical signals that travel to and from the brain from other areas of the body. This helps to transmit the sensations that we may experience in the way of feeling but it also provides the signals that are necessary for both voluntary and involuntary movements within the body. This is a process that typically works without problems but there are times when issues may occur in the form of a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can result in many different symptoms that are uncomfortable. These may include tingling and weakness in the area where the nerve is pinched, as well as in other areas which are also associated with that nerve. Another issue that may occur as a result of a pinched nerve is pain, either minor or severe.

In some cases, pinched nerves may not only cause temporary and uncomfortable problems, they may actually affect the body and cause what is known as muscle wasting. This is a problem that takes place when there is a permanent injury to the nerve that has become pinched. Regardless of whether muscle wasting is involved or not, a pinched nerve can be a very serious problem that is going to require the attention of a qualified physician. Dr. Mark Valente can give you the options that are necessary to help alleviate that problem and get you back on your feet again.

What Are the Treatment Options for a Nerve That Has Been Pinched?

There are quite a few different options that are open to individuals who are suffering from this problem. Some of the more common treatment options that may be given include physical therapy, which will help to take some of the pressure off of the nerve by building up the strength of the muscles that are in the area. In addition, bed rest along with ice may provide the relief that you need.

In some cases, those treatment options may provide a limited amount of relief for your issue. Dr. Valente may suggest that you have a procedure done which will help to take the pressure off of the nerve or will cut the nerve permanently. These are done in a minimally invasive way so that you will be able to get back on your feet quickly and with a limited risk for blood loss or infection.

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