Pinched Nerve – Causes and Treatment at Brunswick Heads Physio
If you’ve ever felt severe ongoing pain in your neck, lower back or wrist then chances are you may be suffering from a trapped nerve (also called pinched nerve or neural entrapment). This pain usually follows another injury, for example disk degeneration or herniation. Most cases of pinched nerves are related to the sciatic nerve in your back, and this can cause radiating pain which extends down the leg.
In this blog post, Brunswick Heads Physio will shed some light on the symptoms and different types of pinched nerves and your options for treatment.
Typical Symptoms of Trapped Nerve
- Acute nerve pain which may extend down a limb
- Reduced or altered sensation such as paraesthesia (pins & needles) or a burning sensation, numbness or tingling
- Muscle Weakness
- Diminished Reflexes
Whilst the symptoms may be relatively mild at first, they usually become more severe over time. It is important that you visit your physiotherapist or doctor as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Causes of Trapped Nerves
Trapped nerves are caused by surrounding tissues pressing against the nerve causing irritation. All of the below tissues can contribute towards the issue:
- Inflammation arising due to an injury
- Disc hernia/protrusion
- Arthritic Spurs
The condition can occur anywhere within the body, but to reduce your risk you should ensure that you maintain a healthy posture, stretch regularly (particularly for the neck and lower back) and taking regular breaks when performing repetitive tasks.
Lower Back Pinched Nerve
You’ve probably heard of sciatica before, it’s also known as referred leg pain. The sciatic nerve within your back can be pinched due to several reasons including ligament injury, disc protrusion and arthritic spurs. Pinched nerves in this area can be quite debilitating as you usually experience pain along with altered reflexes, muscle weakness and sensory loss.
Pinched Nerve in Neck
If you pinch a nerve in your neck is commonly referred to as cervical radiculopathy, and you may experience arm pain, muscle weakness and altered reflexes. This can occur due to a herniated disk or simply due to aging/changes around the spine, with those who suffer from arthritis commonly experiencing this issue.
Wrist Pinched Nerve
The wrist is a complex and confined joint with a large amount of soft tissues as well as the median nerve. If this nerve is compressed due to carpal tunnel syndrome, sharp pain will be felt immediately. Those involved in performing repetitive actions (e.g. typing) most commonly experience carpal tunnel syndrome, but the condition can occur within anyone.
Treatment for Pinched Nerves at Brunswick Heads Physio
If you believe you may be suffering from a pinched nerve, don’t panic. We deal with this issue on a regular basis and can confidently diagnose the affected nerve. Most people respond very well to physiotherapy, which may involve the following depending on your individual circumstances.
Soft Tissue Massages – aimed at reducing spasms and compression
Joint Mobilisation – helps to decrease joint stiffness and relieve pressure on the nerve
Muscle Strengthening – can help minimise the risk of recurrence by building up muscle strength
Acupuncture/Dry Needling – ideal for pain relief, this treatment will be applied to all problem areas
Posture Assessment and Correction – we can help you maintain good posture which will reduce your risk of developing trapped nerves
Contact Brunswick Heads Physio Today
If you are experiencing nerve pain or tingling, don’t brush it off as you could develop a permanent injury if left untreated. Give us a call at Brunswick Heads Physio and our friendly and experienced team will have you pain free and back to normal before you know it.
Call now on 0419 629 333, or make an online booking today