Pinched Nerve

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    Pinching can occur on a nerve in any area of the body. When the tissue (for example, tumors) presses on the nerve endings, they constantly transmit painful sensations. Even if the nerve is healthy, the patient will still be in pain. The pinched nerve becomes swollen, and that leads to constant unbearable aching. The absence of treatment on time can lead to more critical consequences. Diagnostics of a pinched nerve requires a comprehensive examination of the patient in Orlando Medical Centre “Touch of Health”. The specialist needs to determine not only the fact of compression of the nerve fibers, but also the level at which it occurred.

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    Causes

    The specialists in Orlando Medical Centre “Touch of Health” use a combination of drug therapy, physiotherapy, massage, exercise therapy, etc. for efficient treatment.

    Taking into account the severity of the malfunction, the medical professionals prescribe medications for the pinched nerve from the following groups:

    • analgesics and NSAIDs (medicaments based on meloxicam, ketanov, diclofenac, nimesulide, etc.);
    • anesthetics (lidocaine, novocaine);
    • hormonal agents (hydrocortisone,dexamethasone, prednisolone);
    • muscle relaxants (mydocalm);
    • B vitamins (neuromultivit, milgamma).

    Non-drug treatments include:

    • Massage;
    • Physiotherapy;
    • Reflexology;
    • Manual therapy;
    • Kinesio taping.

    Symptoms

    Pain is the main and first sign of the pinched nerve. The sensations can be sharp and sudden or aching, which does not subside for a long time. If the pinched nerve occurs in the area of the spine or hip joint, the soreness intensifies when walking, squatting or bringing the legs together. The others signs may include:

    • dull pain;
    • chilliness or burning;
    • reduced sensitivity.

    If, with the pinched nerve, one of the large arteries is pinched as well, the patient develops a symptom of intermittent claudication. Often, mild pelvic dysfunction develops, in particular, a pause while urinating. The symptoms are aggravated by sitting and walking. The immediate treatment is highly recommended in this case.

    Treatment

    The specialists in Orlando Medical Centre “Touch of Health” use a combination of drug therapy, physiotherapy, massage, exercise therapy, etc. for efficient treatment.

    Taking into account the severity of the malfunction, the medical professionals prescribe medicaments for the pinched nerve from the following groups:

    • analgesics and NSAIDs (medicaments based on meloxicalm, ketanov, diclofenac, nimesulide, etc.);
    • anesthetics (lidocaine, novocaine);
    • hormonal agents (hydrocortisone,dexamethasone, prednisolone);
    • muscle relaxants (mydocalm);
    • B vitamins (neuromultivitis, milgamma).

    Non-drug treatments include:

    • Massage;
    • Physiotherapy;
    • Reflexology;
    • Manual therapy;
    • Kinesio taping.

    Surgery to Fix a Pinched Nerve

    Operational treatment is rarely applied nowadays. The indications are various volumetric processes in the affected area (tumors, abscesses), as well advanced forms of osteochondrosis that cannot be treated with conservative methods. Such methods work for the less critical stages of the pinched nerve.

    Our medical center provides a surgical treatment called neurolysis. It is an operation for releasing a pinched nerve from cicatricial adhesions. Sometimes, the nerve can be spliced with them. The surgery is aimed at restoring the conduction of the pinched nerves.

     

    Result of Treatment

    The result of treatment with above-mentioned methods is the pinched nerve release, aching and discomfort go away, and inflammation is reduced. Using a set of measures, the doctors in the medical center “Touch of Health” achieve a positive result in the short period of time.

    Written by Touch of Health
    Medically reviewed by Michael Thomas Updated on February 18, 2021

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