A pinched nerve is best described as a secondary condition that arises from some structural problem within the spine. Identifying the primary condition is the first step to relieving pain produced by a compressed or “pinched” nerve.
Common conditions include: bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and more.
Nerve roots extend through small openings in the spine called foramina. Many of the conditions mentioned above can obstruct these openings and irritate the nerves that run through them. In peripheral areas of the body, this is often referred to as nerve entrapment.
Sciatica is nothing more than a term used to describe the pain that occurs with compression of the sciatic nerve. When compressed, the sciatic nerve produces pain that travels into the lower extremities.
Diagnosis usually starts with an initial evaluation performed by a physician. Based on their findings they typically schedule you for an MRI, which is commonly used to identify bulging and herniated discs.
Diagnosing and relieving pain from a pinched nerve is all about identifying what nerve is compressed and what structure/s are compressing it.
X-ray films and MRI’s are the gold standards in determining structural dysfunction in the spine. Motion palpation and range of motion tests also give us the ability to identify any biomechanical problems in the spine.
Symptoms from a pinched nerve are quite common in many other spine disorders. They include:
Treatment options depend on the primary condition compressing the nerve. Give us a call if you are suffering from pain caused by a pinched nerve. We can help!