Pinched nerve treatment in Brewer, ME

Radiculopathy, or a compressed nerve, is a serious condition that can cause pain severe enough to seek pinched nerve treatment. If you are in the Brewer, Maine area, you may be wondering where you can find effective nerve pain treatment. Back in Motion physical therapy explains the causes of a pinched nerve and what you can do to treat it.

What causes a pinched nerve?

Because your nerves run throughout your body from the spinal cord and brain, there can be a wide variety of causes depending on which nerve is pinched. You are more at risk of suffering a pinched nerve in an area of the body where a nerve runs through narrow spaces of bone, tendon or ligament.

For example, a herniated disc in the lower back can pinch the nerve, causing sciatica. Pinched nerves can also be caused from osteoarthritis, where bone can begin to grow into the nerve. Also, repetitive motion injuries can build inflammation in tendons and ligaments, which can lead to a pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

The symptoms of a pinched nerve will vary depending on which nerve is affected. But generally, the most common symptoms of a pinched nerve are:

  • Sharp pain that radiates down the arm or leg
  • Swelling or pressure near the pinched nerve
  • Tingling or numbness
  • A pins-and-needles or burning sensation

If the symptoms of a pinched nerve are not treated, they can get worse and cause carpal tunnel syndrome or peripheral neuropathy. Eventually, permanent nerve damage can result from the formation of scar tissue.

How can I treat my radiculopathy?

The first best treatment is to simply rest the affected area and avoid activities that worsen your symptoms. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken to relieve inflammation.

Physical therapy is another effective option for pinched nerve treatment. Manual therapy can help reduce the pressure placed on the nerve. The physical therapist will also work to build muscle strength in the area so your body is more stable and less susceptible to a repetitive motion injury that can cause a pinched nerve. If you are in the Brewer, Maine area and have recently suffered a pinched nerve, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.

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