Too much pressure on your nerves can lead to a wide range of symptoms that interfere with your mobility and overall quality of life. If you have persistent tingling, pain, or numbness in your back, arms, or other body areas, you should schedule an evaluation at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain. The pain management specialists offer on-site testing services to locate a pinched nerve. They can also treat your symptoms with physical therapy, medications, or surgery. Call the office in Milford or Newark, Delaware, today, or book an appointment online.
A pinched nerve (radiculopathy) occurs when bones, muscles, or other tissues press on nearby nerves.
You can develop a pinched nerve if you have inflammation from an injury or a condition like rheumatoid arthritis. When inflamed tissues press on your nerves, it can cause tingling, weakness, and numbness in the area near your nerve.
If you perform repetitive movements at your job or in certain sports, you might be at risk for chronic pain, tingling, and other pinched nerve symptoms.
Other risk factors for a pinched nerve include:
When pressure on your nerve continues for an extended period of time, it can cause permanent nerve damage (neuropathy).
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for a pinched nerve at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain if you have symptoms you can no longer treat with over-the-counter medications and rest.
You also need an evaluation if your symptoms interfere with your ability to work or be physically active.
Providers perform a physical exam to evaluate your range of motion and the level of pain you have. They also may recommend diagnostics tests like X-rays, blood work, nerve conduction tests, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Based on the results of your testing, the providers customize a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and reduce your risk for permanent nerve damage.
The goals of treating a pinched nerve are to reduce pressure on your nerve and lower your risk for permanent nerve damage.
The Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain team may refer you for physical therapy, so you can learn exercises to strengthen the muscles near the affected nerve. Therapy can also teach you how to modify your usual activities to prevent nerve irritation.
Other treatments for a pinched nerve include:
Over-the-counter and prescription anti-inflammatory medications can treat inflamed tissues that press on your nerves. They can also relieve pain that results from a pinched nerve.
If nonsurgical therapies aren’t working well for you, the providers may refer you for surgery to release compressed nerves or remove tissues that press on your nerve, so you can find long-term relief from your symptoms.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for a pinched nerve, call the Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.