Many people refer to a “pinched nerve” when discussing neck or back pain. But what does that term really mean? Within the spinal column, the spinal cord and a series of sensitive nerve roots are housed within a relatively tight space. If excess tissue encroaches on that space, a spinal nerve can easily become compressed, or “pinched.”
There are many possible sources of spinal nerve compression, including bulging and herniated discs, bone spurs, inflamed facet joints, and thickened ligaments. All are common byproducts of spinal degeneration, which often occurs gradually along with the natural aging process. That’s one reason why the spine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming, see so many patients who are seeking treatment for a pinched nerve.
What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Spinal Nerve?
In addition to neck or back pain, a pinched nerve can produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area of the body supplied by the nerve
- Sharp, burning, or aching pain, which may radiate outward from the pinched nerve
- Muscle weakness in an arm or leg
- Tingling or pins-and-needles sensations, such as a frequent feeling that a hand or foot has “fallen asleep”
How Is a Pinched Spinal Nerve Treated?
Conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medication can be effective in addressing mild to moderate discomfort caused by a pinched nerve. Although spine surgery is also an option, the board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers generally do not consider it unless debilitating pain or a medical emergency is present, such as a loss of bladder or bowel control.
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a comprehensive range of pinched nerve treatment options. After assessing your condition, we can confirm your diagnosis and suggest an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your pain and reclaim your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a spine doctor at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY.