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Pinched nerve pain

Neck and back inflamed red with painA pinched nerve is a common and painful condition in which a nerve is irritated by the chemical or mechanic effects of inflamed tissues in the surrounding area.

Where do pinched nerves commonly occur?

Certain sites in the body are more likely to produce pinched nerves because of the way the bones and muscles sit in relation to the nerves. 

Common sites for pinched nerves producing arm pain include:

  • neck
  • shoulder
  • elbow
  • wrist (e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

Common sites for pinched nerves producing leg pain include: 

  • lower back (e.g. sciatica)
  • hip
  • lower leg (e.g. compartment syndrome)
  • foot

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

Pinched nerves can produce symptoms ranging from muscle weakness and mild tingling to severe, unrelenting pain. Symptoms suggestive of a pinched nerve include:

  • neck pain and stiffness with a combination of radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness down the arm, forearm and fingers
  • low back pain and stiffness with a combination of radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness down the buttock, thigh, legs and feet

How can osteopathy help?

Since there are many injuries and disorders that can cause a 'pinched nerve' or nerve damage, your osteopath’s first task is to determine the exact cause of the symptoms. An initial consultation usually involves your osteopath taking a thorough case history, followed by relevant spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examinations. Special imaging investigations such as X-ray, MRI scan or ultrasound may also be required to confirm the diagnosis. 

Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is developed that will reduce your pain and discomfort and help to prevent a recurrence of the injury. Osteopathic treatment may involve:

  • soft tissue massage therapy and/or trigger point therapy
  • stretching of tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • strengthening and/or stretching exercises
  • mobilisation and/or manipulation and/or articulation of the problem area
  • postural and ergonomic advice on how to minimise pressure and irritation of the affected area

Don't let a pinched nerve get you down. Call St Kilda Osteopathy today and let us help you.