Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

Your nervous system is an amazingly vast network that reaches almost every area of your body. A pinched nerve disrupts a nerve’s function and signaling, causing symptoms that can radiate to either side of the blockage. The most common examples of a pinched nerve are sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.

When it comes to your lower back, nerve compression or irritation along your lumbar spine can lead to symptoms that travel down one of your legs, as is the case with sciatica. Carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist is another example of where a compromised nerve can cause problems, affecting the entire function of your hand or radiating back to affect your arm.

While not as common as the above two examples, the effects of a pinched nerve in your cervical spine (neck) can travel down the length of your arm.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

One of the main symptoms of a pinched nerve is the pain, which can be dull and constant or more severe with certain movements. You may also have other feelings, including:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Weakness
  • Decreased sensation

Depending upon the degree of the nerve impingement, the condition can also cause your extremities to “fall asleep.”

What causes a pinched nerve?

The most common causes of pinched nerves are:

  • Disc problems
  • Overuse or the repetitive stress of the tendons and ligaments
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis

The bottom line is that any condition that causes swelling or inflammation can irritate and compress your nerves.

How are pinched nerves treated?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Mobin, he reviews your symptoms and your medical history, which gives him a better idea of where to narrow his focus. He often turns to advanced imaging, such as X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs, to confirm a pinched nerve.

With your diagnosis in hand, Dr. Mobin comes up with a treatment plan to help address the nerve compression and alleviate your discomfort. While it’s hard to say what that plan might look like since it depends upon the location and extent of your pinched nerve, Dr. Mobin typically recommends:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Postural training
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Spinal decompression to relieve the pressure

Dr. Mobin starts out conservatively and only becomes more aggressive should your pinched nerve prove resistant to treatment.

If you have a pinched nerve, call Mobin Neurosurgery, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Mobin Neurosurgery

Fardad Mobin, MD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

Your nervous system is incredibly complex, and this fact can become glaringly obvious when one of your nerves is pinched, causing problems that radiate to other parts of your body. From herniated discs to carpal tunnel syndrome, Fardad Mobin, MD, at Mobin Neurosurgery, helps his patients function normally again, without the limitations and discomfort that pinched nerves can cause. If you’re in Beverly Hills, California, and you’re hampered by a pinched nerve, call the office or use the online scheduling button to book an appointment.