Trapped Nerve Pain
Can we help with your trapped nerve pain?
Here at Avenue Health, our practitioners treat many people with trapped nerve-related symptoms. Our aim is to treat, not only the site of the nerve compression causing the pain but to understand and correct the process that led to it. Articulation of joints, relaxing tight muscles and stretching ligaments are some of the techniques that will be used to release trapped nerves anywhere in the body.
Following your examination, the diagnosis and likely cause of the nerve compression, will be explained and either a treatment plan will be prescribed, or in some extreme cases, a referral for an MRI may be required.
What is trapped nerve pain?
Nerves can become painful if they become trapped and compressed between bones, tight muscles and shortened ligaments. Nerve pain is characterised with symptoms being felt beyond the area that the nerve is initially compressed. For example, a trapped nerve in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in the side of the foot. Nerves are most commonly compressed as they pass through narrow spaces or through muscles in the body, causing pain, pins and needles or numbness.
Common examples of this are:-
- Symptoms in the arm, caused by trapped nerves being compressed between your collarbone and first rib (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)
- Pain in the hand, caused by compression of the nerves in the wrist (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Symptoms in the lower leg and foot, caused by trapped nerves being compressed in the lumbar spine or buttocks (Sciatica)
Will pain-relieving drugs help with my nerve pain?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your nerve problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your nerve condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.