Pinched Nerve Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

If you have pain, numbness, or tingling sensations, your symptoms could be caused by a pinched nerve. At Michigan Pain Specialists in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the pain management experts diagnose pinched nerves and offer personalized treatment plans to release the affected nerve and relieve your pain and other symptoms. Call Michigan Pain Specialists today or make an appointment online for effective and patient-focused care.

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

Your nervous system consists of your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) and your peripheral nerves that branch out through your body. A pinched nerve occurs when something puts pressure on a nerve, usually one of your peripheral nerves. 

Pinched nerves can be painful, but they can also cause:

  • Numbness
  • Radiating, electrical pain
  • Tingling sensations
  • Muscle weakness

These symptoms might be more severe when you sleep. 

What causes a pinched nerve?

A variety of factors can compress a nerve. For example, you might have an injury that causes swelling that pinches a nerve. Arthritis and autoimmune disorders can cause inflammation and lead to bone spur growth that compresses nerves. 

Repetitive actions, such as typing, playing tennis, or other professional or recreational activities, can also cause pinched nerves. 

When should I talk to a doctor about a pinched nerve?

It’s essential to talk to a doctor if you have any signs of nerve damage, even if your symptoms don’t disrupt your life. While a temporary pinched nerve doesn’t cause harm, long-term nerve compression can cause permanent problems. 

Talking to a doctor and having a neurological evaluation can ensure that you get the treatment you need to release your nerve and avoid chronic pain and other complications.

How is a pinched nerve diagnosed?

The Michigan Pain Specialists team begins with a comprehensive exam. Your doctor might also order additional testing, including electromyography and nerve conduction studies. In some cases, they might also request imaging studies, such as MRIs and ultrasounds.

What are the available treatments for a pinched nerve?

Your physician creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. They might recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Splints or braces
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, you might need surgery to release a compressed nerve. The team provides micro-endoscopic discectomies to relieve nerve compression from herniated discs. They also offer the advanced MILD® procedure to decompress nerves compressed by spinal stenosis.

Your physician might also recommend nerve ablation or a spinal cord stimulator if a pinched nerve has caused permanent nerve damage. 

Call Michigan Pain Specialists or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about a pinched nerve.