Pinched Nerve Treatment in Princeton & Staten Island
What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is the result of pressure being applied to a nerve by its surrounding bones, muscles, tendons, or other nearby tissues. This pressure effectively disrupts the normal function of the nerve, resulting in pain, tingling, or numbness in the body. Pinched nerves can occur in various places throughout the body. Often, pinched nerves occur in the lumbar spine and result in pain that spreads through the back of your leg, which is known as sciatica.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at New Jersey Spine Surgeons for a consultation. Our orthopedic spine doctors have the care and expertise required to help relieve your pain and restore your spinal health. We have convenient office locations in Princeton, NJ and Staten Island, NY. Learn more about pinched nerve causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and our treatment options below.
What causes a pinched nerve?
In many cases, a pinched nerve in the spine is the result of an underlying spine disorder, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. However, there are a variety of possible causes or factors that can contribute to the development of a pinched nerve, including:
- Poor posture
- Spine injury
- Overuse / stress
- Being overweight / obese
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Symptoms of a pinched nerve will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual. The most common symptoms associated with a pinched nerve in the back or neck include:
- Aching or burning pain in back
- Muscle weakness in affected area
- Sharp pain with certain movements
- Numbness or loss of sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
Specifically, patients with sciatica may experience the following symptoms:
- Tingling in the leg
- Pain in the back, along the back of the leg, buttocks, hip, or lower extremities
- Loss of sensation in the leg or foot
How is a pinched nerve diagnosed?
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be indicative of a pinched nerve or if you believe you may be suffering from this condition, it is important to seek proper evaluation from a spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, our doctors will evaluate your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis following a physical examination, medical history, and any necessary diagnostic testing.
Diagnostic tests that may be recommended in order to pinpoint the condition you are suffering from and to determine which nerves are affected may include:
- Nerve conduction study
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Electromyography (EMG)
Nerve-related tests are used to measure the electrical nerve impulses in the body and to create images that allow your doctor to evaluate any nerve root compression and other spinal conditions.
What does pinched nerve treatment involve?
Often times, our New Jersey spine doctors will advise conservative treatment methods for a pinched nerve, because in many cases, conservative treatment may prove effective at improving symptoms. Treatment options depend on each patient’s needs and symptoms, and may involve:
- Avoiding painful positions and activities that cause pain
- Taking pain medications, either over-the-counter or prescription medications depending on the level of pain
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Getting a cortisone injection
If symptoms are severe or worsen over time, pinched nerve surgery may be recommended. Some of the surgical treatment options may include:
Cervical Pinched Nerve Surgery Options
- Minimally invasive laminoforaminotomy
- Cervical disc replacement
- Cervical fusion
- Posterior spinal fusion
- Laminotomy and decompression
Lumbar Pinched Nerve Surgery Options
- Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
- Minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
- Oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF)
- Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
- Axial fusion
- Endoscopic foraminotomy, discectomy, and decompression
If you believe you may be suffering from a pinched nerve, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.