Pinched Nerve

Tim Chowdhury, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

Ortho-Spine Rehabilitation Center

Tim Chowdhury, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dublin, OH & Marion, OH

A pinched nerve is an aptly named condition that can occur throughout your body, and it’s what lies behind conditions like sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome. At Ortho-Spine Rehab Center in Dublin or Marion, Ohio, Tim Chowdhury, MD, specializes in treating pinched nerves using the latest techniques available to bring relief and prevent irreparable nerve damage. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve encompasses a host of conditions in which one of your nerves is compressed or entrapped, which can lead to pain and other problems. A pinched nerve can develop in many areas in your body, but the most common examples are:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

While this list is far from complete, it gives you an idea of the many conditions that can develop because of irregular pressure on one of your nerves.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

The answer to this is tricky because it depends upon the location of the nerve and how badly the nerve is compromised. That said, there are a few common red flags when it comes to a pinched nerve, which include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling, including “pins and needles”
  • Muscle weakness
  • An extremity, such as a foot or hand, that “falls asleep”

Many of these symptoms stay localized, or they may radiate along the path of the nerve. As an example, a pinched nerve in your wrist typically causes symptoms in your hand.

What causes pinched nerves?

Any number of conditions can lead to compression or impingement of a nerve, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Injury
  • Repetitive use
  • Bone spurs or tumors
  • Herniated disc

This list is by no means comprehensive, as your nerves can be affected by a problem in any of the surrounding tissues, such as inflammation in a nearby tendon or ligament.

There are also several factors that may put you more at risk of developing a pinched nerve, including obesity, pregnancy, or diabetes.

How is a pinched nerve treated?

After Dr. Chowdhury performs a complete analysis, including advanced imaging and nerve conduction studies, he comes up with a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms and addresses the underlying cause of the pinched nerve. This plan may include:

  • Medications to calm down a nerve
  • Pain medication
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Decompression surgery

In some cases, Dr. Chowdhury may recommend surgery to relieve the pressure on your nerve, but he only suggests this course after exhausting less invasive treatments.

If you suspect you have a pinched nerve and you’re located in or around Dublin or Marion, Ohio, call or use the online booking tool to arrange for an appointment or ask your primary care physician for a referral.