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How Do I Know if I Have a Pinched Nerve?

Sometimes pain may be your only symptom, if you have a pinched nerve. It is also possible to experience other symptoms without any pain, such as:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling, or “pins and needles”
  • Symptoms that worsen when you move a certain way, like turning your head
  • Weakness
  • A warm or burning sensation

Patients who experience symptoms from pinched nerves should make note of where they are sensing any pain or discomfort. Depending on where the nerve is and how severe the compression is, pain can radiate to other parts of the body. If you experience a pinched nerve in your neck or arm, for instance, you may have symptoms in your hands or fingers.

If nerve compression is left untreated for a long time, the protective area around the nerve could break down, causing fluid to build up or scarring, which can interfere with the nerve’s function.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

The treatment for a pinched or compressed nerve depends on the severity of your condition.

In many cases, patients can relieve their symptoms through adequate rest and at-home treatments like hot and cold compresses.

However, if your symptoms worsen, or if you have already attempted more conservative, at-home treatments for your condition, you can make an appointment for a free consultation with Q Spine Institute today. Our team specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures to alleviate pain due to spinal conditions.

Pinched Nerve Quick Facts

Common Symptoms:

  • Subtle changes in hand function
  • “Clumsy” hands – dropping objects due to loss of function
  • Unsteadiness while walking
  • Significant weakness and numbness in arms and legs
  • Changes in bowel or bladder control (rare cases only)

Common Causes:

  • 1 cause: Spinal Stenosis
  • Damage or injury to the spinal cord
  • Disc degeneration disease

A commonly ignored condition, due to its gradual nature

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