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what is a trapped nerve?

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Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Compressed Nerve: Entrapment Neuropathy. Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord and go to all parts of your body. Nerves carry signals. Nerves are vulnerable when they travel through narrow spaces and are compressed. When the nerve is pressed between tissues like ligaments, tendons and bones, you can get symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, pins and needles, weakness. Find out what is trapping the nerve.

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How can a trapped nerve be treated?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Cortisone injection: Dependant on it's proximity, most trapped nerves can be succesfully treated with a cortisone injection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you untrap a trapped nerve?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Remove 'trap': Traped nerve, or the nerve that is getting choked , or stangled by scar tissue, or bone growth, or cought in the healing fracture, will give compression symptoms, nerve has to be released and relocated with better position, ulnar nerve in elbow, median nerve in carpel tunel syndrome are some examples.
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How can you treat a trapped nerve?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Meds or surgery: Some nerve issues can be treated symptomatically with medications. But if the symptoms are significant or severe, there are some surgical procedures to free up or relocate the nerve. This depends on which specific nerve it is. See an orthopedic surgeon if the nerve is located in an arm or leg.
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A 47-year-old male asked:

Can a trapped nerve cause vertgo?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
Yes: There is a "balance nerve" also called 8th cranial nerve that connect your inner ear (with your balance organ) to the brain. Compression of this nerve causes among other things dizziness.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Piriformis trapped nerve dangerous?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: The piriformis is a muscle in your hip that helps to externally rotate your leg. (turn your leg out). The sciatic nerve runs behind this muscle and sometimes actually runs through the muscle. Occasionally this muscle can become tight or contracted which may increase pressure on the sciatic nerve. This is called piriformis syndrome. It is typically treated conservatively with physical therapy.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Peroneal nerve pierces the piriformis.
Sep 7, 2013
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 14 years experience
Research shows that it can be both halves of the sciatic nerve, either part alone, or neither part of the sciatic nerve. A piriformis injection can be very helpful in conjunction with a good stretching program.
Apr 13, 2014

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