Nerve Impingement Raleigh

Nerve Impingement

Nerve impingement is also known as pinched nerve and is common and can happen to anyone, regardless of age. But how do you know if you have a pinched nerve? Imagine being poked by pins and needles, and how does that make you feel? No sensation and complete numbness in one area of the body can provoke many emotions. Sharp or aching pain can be unbearable, which nobody wants to experience. A pinched nerve can sound worrying only if the pressure is unchecked and has prolonged symptoms, causing permanent nerve damage. It happens when surrounding tissues, such as bones, muscles, tendons, etc., put too much pressure on the nerve, leading to the condition.

What Causes Nerve Impingement?

Wear and tear on the spine and disc are common due to aging. Several conditions may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves, including:

  • Injury
  • Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
  • Stress from repetitive work
  • Hobbies or sports activities
  • Obesity

A pinched nerve for a short period may not lead to permanent damage. If the pressure is relieved, then nerve function returns to normal. However, chronic pain and permanent nerve damage can occur if pressure continues.

How is Nerve Impingement Diagnosed?

We aim to thoroughly assess the condition, including medical history, signs or symptoms, and a physical examination. If we suspect a pinched nerve, then perform the following tests like:

  • Blood test – You may need tests to measure your fasting blood glucose or thyroid levels.
  • X-rays - Show how the bones are positioned and narrow, causing the pinched nerve.
  • Nerve conduction study – It measures electrical impulses in your nerve signals when a small current passes through the nerve. It helps to find out about damaged nerves.
  • Electromyography (EMG) – The test evaluates the electrical activity of your muscles when they contract and when at rest. It helps detect the damage to the nerve that is leading to muscles.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – These provide detailed images that can tell if the soft tissues are causing the nerve compression or if there is damage to the spinal cord.

After a thorough evaluation, we begin the treatment that best suits the patient’s case. Learn more about our treatment methods and how they help the patient find relief. Schedule an appointment today with Advanced Pain Consultants, PA at (919) 800-0850.

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