Nerve Compression Symptoms and Treatment

​Nerve Compression (pinched nerve) occurs when there is compression or pressure on a nerve. Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe and can cause temporary to long-lasting problems. The sooner an accurate diagnosis and treatment is implemented, the best opportunity for obtaining relief. In some cases, damage from a pinched nerve may not be reversed, however, treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms.

Symptoms: The most common symptoms of nerve compression are pain in the neck or lower back; radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain; numbness or tingling; "pins and needles" or a burning sensation; and weakness, especially with certain activities.

Treatment: The most common treatment for nerve compression is medication therapy, physical therapy and splints to allow the injured area rest. Surgery may be necessary for more severe problems that don't respond to other types of treatment.

A comprehensive treatment program​ for nerve compression is offered by Hoag's Spine Neurosurgery program​.