A pinched nerve may seem like a simple problem, but it can cause severe and life-changing pain. If you are struggling with the pain of a pinched nerve in the spine, neck, wrist, or somewhere else, the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can help with tailored pinched nerve treatments in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a common condition in which surrounding cartilage, bone, muscle, or tendon puts too much pressure on a nerve. This disrupts normal function of the nerve and causes pain and sometimes weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation. Pinched nerves can happen anywhere but the most common conditions involving pinched nerves are:
- Sciatica, a painful condition in which the sciatic nerve running from the lower back and through the leg is pinched
- Cervical radiculopathy, a pinched nerve of the neck that causes neck pain and weakness or numbness of the arm or chest
- Herniated disc, which puts pressure on a nerve root in the spine
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in which a nerve of the wrist is pinched which causes pain and numbness of the hand
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves happen when there is compression of the nerve or too much pressure applied to the nerve by bone, cartilage, or surrounding muscle. Sometimes it’s soft tissue that compresses the nerve root, but it can also be bone. In some cases, many types of tissue are responsible for nerve compression.
Many conditions may cause a nerve to become compressed such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), repetitive stress injuries, sports-related injuries, bone spurs, and obesity.
How is a Pinched Nerve Treated in Brunswick, GA?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers several treatment options to relieve the compression of a pinched nerve and deliver long-lasting pain relief. The best treatment for a pinched nerve will depend on the location of the nerve and the cause of the compression.
- Steroid Injections
- This procedure involves injecting local anesthetic and steroids at the site of a pinched nerve to ease inflammation and pain. A cervical steroid injection can be used to treat a pinched nerve in the neck or cervical radiculopathy. We may recommend an epidural injection or a transforaminal injection for herniated discs.
- Spinal Stenosis Surgery
- We offer minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat spinal stenosis and bone spurs that may be responsible for a pinched nerve.
- This procedure is designed to break up scar tissue or adhesions of the spine that put pressure on nerves and restrict movement.
- Lumbar Fusion
- Minimally invasive lumbar fusion may be recommended in the case of degenerated disc disease or serious herniated discs that are causing chronic pain and compressing nerves.
A pinched nerve can be a serious condition that limits function and movement, makes it difficult to perform daily activities, and leaves you with significant and chronic pain. Contact the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia to schedule a consultation with our pain clinic doctors in Kingsland and Brunswick for a personalized treatment plan.