When bone, cartilage or muscle press too hard on a nerve, a condition known as a pinched nerve may result. Pinched nerves can occur in various places throughout the body, however they are common in people suffering herniated discs in the lower spine. If you think you may be suffering from a pinched nerve, don’t hesitate to contact La Peer Health Systems’ Spine Center of Excellence for a consultation.
Diagnosing Pinched Nerves
People suffering from pinched nerves may experience pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the affected area. Coughing or sneezing may exacerbate the pain. Those individuals with herniated discs may also notice pain that seems to travel down the back of the leg. This condition is known as sciatica.
The doctors at the Spine Center of Excellence may order imaging tests like MRIs to diagnose a pinched nerve. They may also perform a nerve conduction study, which uses mild impulses from electrodes to determine which nerves have been damaged.
Pinched Nerve Treatments
For cases of pinched nerves that don’t respond to less invasive treatments, such as rest or physical therapy, surgery may be necessary to alleviate the pain. The doctors at the Spine Center of Excellence offer the following procedures to treat pinched nerves:
Foraminotomy for Pinched Nerves. Using foraminotomy, our surgeons can relieve nerve compression by removing bone and tissue. One of the benefits of foraminotomy is that it can be performed endoscopically, eliminating the need for anesthesia.
Discectomy of Herniated Disc. If your pinched nerve results from a herniated disc, doctors may prescribe a discectomy to remove the disc from the spinal canal and alleviate the nerve pressure. Our surgeons can perform your discectomy through a small incision, using a microscope and other cutting-edge equipment, in a procedure known as microdiscectomy.
Recovery After Pinched Nerve Surgery
Recovery from pinched nerve surgery depends on a number of factors including the amount of damage that was done prior to having treatment. In most cases, patients recover from minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery in just a few weeks. After surgery, you should talk to your doctor about steps you can take to improve circulation and prevent pinched nerves from recurring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What caused my pinched nerve?
A: Some common causes of nerve pressure and pinched nerves include injuries, bad posture and participating in high-impact sports or hobbies. Women are more likely than men to suffer pinched nerves. Further, people who are obese may be more likely to suffer from pinched nerves.
Q: When should I see a doctor for my pinched nerve?
A: See a doctor if you are experiencing tingling, numbness of shooting sensations in the neck, arms or legs.
Q: Will I need physical therapy after surgery?
A: Your doctor may advise you to undergo physical therapy to help improve muscle condition after pinched nerve surgery.
Q: When can I go home after pinched nerve surgery?
A: You should be able to leave our Beverly Hills facility just a few hours after undergoing surgery for your pinched nerve.
Q: Why is it important to seek treatment for a pinched nerve?
A: Seeking early treatment for a pinched nerve can help you avoid possible complications and get back to the activities you once enjoyed.
Contact Us Today
La Peer’s Spine Center of Excellence offers a variety of treatments for pinched nerves. Call (888) 564-1419 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our surgeons.
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