What is a pinched nerve?
The phrase “pinched nerve” describes various types of injury that can happen to one nerve or a set of nerves. Pinched nerves can occur at various spots throughout your body. A common example of a pinched nerve is carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist.However,this condition often results from an injury to the nerve roots.
- Sharp or burning pain radiating outward
- Numbness or decreased sensation in a specific area
- Muscle weakness and twitching
- Aggravated pain when coughing or sneezing
- Frequent “falling asleep” feeling in the limbs
What causes a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is the result of excessive pressure exerted by surrounding tissues. This surrounding tissue can be bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, or cartilage. A pinched nerve can often be the result of a herniated disc, which can bulge far enough outward to compress a nerve root.
How is a pinched nerve diagnosed?
The board certified doctors on staff at Sall Myers will ask you about your symptoms and accident while giving you a thorough physical examination. If the doctor suspects you may have a pinched nerve, you may be sent for an on-site Open MRI or other testing to confirm the diagnosis.
How do you treat a pinched nerve?
Pinched nerve treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. Pain management medication and rest of the area are prescribed in many circumstances. Physical therapy may be necessary to strengthen the area around the nerve.Occasionally, surgery may be necessary. Read more about the physical therapy treatment options Sall Myers provides for pinched nerve patients.
What is the recovery time for a pinched nerve?
Pinched nerves usually only stay compressed for a short period of time and result in no permanent damage. If pressure is not relieved in a timely manner, you may be left with permanent nerve damage and chronic pain. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor if you think you may have a pinched nerve as a result of a car or motorcycle accident.
If you’ve been in a car accident in New Jersey and need treatment for a pinched nerve, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our Quick Contact Form for a FREE consultation.