Pinched Nerve Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

A pinched nerve can be an ongoing source of pain and discomfort and may lead to permanent nerve damage when left untreated. The skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, specializes in diagnosing and treating pinched nerves. For comprehensive care, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online.

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve is a compressed nerve. It occurs when there’s excess pressure on the nerve from surrounding tissue. The compression or pressure alters nerve function, causing various symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness.

Where do pinched nerves occur?

You can develop a pinched nerve anywhere on your body. However, the most common sites of nerve compression include:

  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Wrist
  • Elbow

Carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and radiculopathy are common pinched nerve conditions. Your chronic neck or back pain may be due to a pinched nerve from a herniated disc, slipped disc, or spinal stenosis. 

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

The symptoms of a pinched nerve may depend on the location of the compression. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Burning, tingling, or numbing
  • Dull, achy pain
  • Electric shock-like sensation
  • Pain that radiates into the arms, legs, or hand
  • Muscle weakness

If you have these symptoms and they fail to improve within a few days of at-home care, schedule a consultation at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine.

What happens during a pinched nerve consultation?

When you visit Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine with concerns about a pinched nerve, the team conducts an in-depth patient-focused evaluation to find the underlying cause of your symptoms to get you the best treatment.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started, the type of pain you feel, and the activities that make your pain worse or better. They also ask how your symptoms affect your daily routine.

Your provider conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to the area of your body where you’re experiencing most of your symptoms. 

The team may also run diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies to determine the cause of your pinched nerve and the severity of nerve damage. 

How is a pinched nerve treated?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine creates personalized treatment plans for a pinched nerve based on the location, severity of symptoms, and overall health. 

Initially, they take a conservative approach to care, and your treatment plan may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy at the on-site facility
  • Epidural injections
  • Facet joint injections

If conservative treatments fail to improve your symptoms, the team may recommend surgical intervention. For pinched nerves that involve the spine, the team performs minimally invasive discectomy and decompression procedures.

To get relief from a pinched nerve, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, or schedule a consultation online today.