Nerves are vital components of the human body as they serve to direct and deliver messages produced by the brain to other areas of the body. Sometimes, however, nerves can become compressed or pinched, causing pain and discomfort. Compression may be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Compression may also occur when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons and bones. Symptoms of nerve compression often vary, based on what nerve is being affected, however, some common symptoms include:
“Pins and needles” and/or burning sensations
Weakness and atrophy
Recurrent skin ulcerations
Dry, thin, hairless skin
Thickened, ridged, cracked nails
While these symptoms may not appear too threatening or alarming, if left undiagnosed or untreated, nerve entrapments may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, peripheral neuropathy and other serious conditions.
In most cases, symptoms will subside upon resting the affected area and avoiding activities that worsen the affected area. Sometimes, however, symptoms persist or worsen and medical intervention becomes necessary. Upon diagnosis, doctors may prescribe a variety of treatment options depending on the severity of the case. Common treatment options include:
Surgery is commonly used as a last resort option if all other treatment options fail, or it is used if the case is extremely severe or deemed an emergency.
At Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay, our staff is fully equipped to treat patients suffering from painful and uncomfortable symptoms resulting from nerve compression and entrapments. Physical therapy is proven to stretch and strengthen muscles in patients with nerve entrapments. We know that nerve entrapments can cause a great deal of discomfort and stress, so come into our Sheepshead Bay or Bay Ridge location and get the help you need to get back on your feet. Make an appointment online or call our Sheepshead Bay or Bay Ridge location today!