Pinched nerves are often responsible for joint pain as well as back conditions like sciatica. If you have a pinched nerve, double board-certified pain management specialist Ronak D. Patel, MD, of Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute, with locations in Plainsboro and Manalapan, New Jersey, can help. Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute offers expert physical therapies alongside advanced treatments like regenerative medicine, medical marijuana, and steroid injections. The practice welcomes residents of Plainsboro Township, Manalapan, Hamilton, and other local communities. Contact the office today to schedule an in-office consultation or telehealth appointment or book online.
Pinching occurs when a nerve comes under pressure from surrounding tissues or bones. Pinched nerves can be very painful, typically causing sharp, searing, or stabbing pain. They might also cause a variety of other uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
The network of nerves branching out from your spinal cord travels to almost every area of your body, so you could develop pinched nerves virtually anywhere. Common examples of conditions involving pinched nerves include:
Cervical radiculopathy means having a pinched nerve in your neck. Lumbar radiculopathy is a pinched nerve in your lower back, most often referred to as sciatica.
The carpal tunnel forms a bony ring in your wrist through which passes your median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops if the median nerve comes under pressure inside the carpal tunnel.
One cause of pinched nerves is trauma, where an injury causes bones to move out of alignment or tissue damage and inflammation places pressure on the nerves near the injury. Scar tissue from healing or healed injuries could pinch your nerves as well.
In many cases, pinched nerves are a consequence of the aging process. Wear-and-tear and overuse of certain parts of your body causes changes to occur that might put pressure on your nerves.
Disorders such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease often lead to pinched nerves. In conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, it's often thickened ligaments that are constricting your nerves.
Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute successfully treats many patients who have pinched nerves using noninvasive physical therapies. Anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain so you can participate in your rehabilitation.
If conservative approaches don't relieve your symptoms, Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute offers an extensive range of advanced treatments for pinched nerves, including:
To find effective relief from pinched nerves, call Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute today or book an appointment online.