The Rogers Spine Surgery Institute serves the residents of Glendale, CA and the surrounding communities. Dr. David Rogers specializes in treating many different types of spinal injuries and conditions including pinched nerves, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. In addition to surgery, he also uses many other treatment methods to ensure his patients gets the relief they seek.
A pinched nerve can cause several different symptoms ranging from a mild ache to numbness and tingling that results in intense and unbearable pain. Many patients will wait until the symptoms are almost unbearable before seeking medical attention. This can pose a major problem when it comes to finding a solution to ending the pain and discomfort.
What Causes a Pinched Nerve?
Pinched nerves can have several different causes. The dislocation of a joint, an injury to soft tissue, or the general wear and tear associated with aging, can lead to a pinched or aggravated nerve. A thorough examination by a doctor is the only way to diagnose a pinched nerve. In fact, the doctor may need to perform an MRI to determine if the nerve is pinched or if there is another issue that needs to be addressed.
Do Pinched Nerves Require Surgery?
The location and severity of the pinched nerve will determine whether or not surgery is required. In most cases, unless the pain is truly unimaginable, a doctor will only recommend surgery as a last resort. Nerves that have been compromised for long periods of time can be damaged in a variety of ways. If blood flow is restricted, the nerve may atrophy. Nerves at this stage may require surgery as a last ditch effort to restore circulation and promote healing.
What Types of Treatment are Offered for a Pinched Nerve?
Physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care are all viable treatment options if the pinched nerve is diagnosed in its earliest stages. The longer a nerve remains in a bind, the higher the chances that the patient has a large amount of scar tissue that can hamper the healing process. Once the pinched nerve is released, these therapies can all be used long term to prevent re-injury by building strength and flexibility.