Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Pain Syndrome

WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

Nerves perform many vital functions including sending signals from our body to our brain, helping us understand our environment, and telling our bodies how to move and react. To accomplish this, complex systems of nerves extend out from the spinal cord and feed into the peripheral parts of the body. When these nerve systems or individual nerves are disrupted or compressed by surrounding structures, pain and discomfort can result. While some of the Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Pain Syndromes may be common, it doesn’t lessen the effect these syndromes have on daily

 

Since there are a wide variety of syndromes, the causes also vary. However, both repetitive motion, injury, and medical conditions can play a role in the development of Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes.

  • Sports and repetitive motion injuries
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis and autoimmune disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms

Nerve entrapment can happen in any location in the body. Nerve entrapment can affect the torso, limbs, or extremities, but usually impacts a localized site. Because of illness, injury, or repetitive motions, the nerves become compacted or compressed, causing symptoms to arise.

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Redness, swelling, and inflammation
  • Reduced flexibility

Treatment

There are numerous types of Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes, and the approach for each one differs. Your BSSNY neurosurgeon is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and will make the right recommendation based upon your specific symptoms, treatment history, and medical conditions.

 

Common treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Prosthetic or corrective devices
  • Surgical nerve decompression
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Dorsal ganglion stimulation

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