If you are currently suffering from symptoms of tingling, burning, or numbness, there are some things you need to know. “Pinched nerve” is a term thrown out all too often and over diagnosed. Nerve entrapment is a term that is used far less, but much, MUCH more common.
A true “pinched nerve,” is when a nerve is compressed between 2 structures. Most often, this happens in cases of disc derangement where the disc protrudes into the spinal cord compressing the nerve roots.
This happens in less than 3% of patients. When the nerve is compressed by a protruding disc, the pain is usually constant and severe – think pain levels above 8 out of 10. This problem persists for weeks without relief.
Nerve entrapment, as previously mentioned, is a less popular diagnosis but far more common. Nerve entrapment is a condition in which nerves get stuck to surrounding structures. As nerves pass through our body, they floss and move between muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue. Healthy nerves slide and glide between these structures without issue.
Through “wear and tear” and “use and abuse,” nerves can become entrapped and glued to the structures it moves along. When this happens, this can lead to symptoms of tingling, burning, and numbness many people struggle with. In cases of nerve entrapment, most people will note also feeling “tight” or the feeling of dull, achy pain. Pain is often not constant. Sometimes the dull, achy pain can be in other areas of the body as well. In these cases, adhesion is most frequently the “glue” that binds the nerve to the surrounding soft tissue.
While you may not have heard of nerve entrapment, you are probably familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or thoracic outlet syndrome. These are examples of nerve entrapment conditions.
These conditions are unfortunately labeled as such, without a complete diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms in the first place. Rest, ice, ultrasound, stim, kinisiotape, bracing among other treatments are often prescribed and used without finding much long term relief. Far too often these conditions will lead to cortisone injections and surgery.
Adhesion, which is the most common cause of nerve entrapment and is also the most frequently missed when dealing with these conditions. Adhesion can be fixed with specific manual therapy at the site of the entrapment.
At Thrive Spine and Sport, we are certified in the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion which can cause nerve entrapment in 156 different areas of the body! If you are starting to experience, or have been struggling with the above listed syndromes without relief, it’s time to get to the bottom of your pain. You deserve real solutions to your problem. Fill out the appointment request on this page or call our office at 319-423-0925 today!
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