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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Compression Neuropathies (Definition)

Compression neuropathy is a condition in which a person has undesirable changes in a nerve due to pressure on the nerve. The "pins and needles" sensation one gets after sleeping on top of an arm is a mild, temporary nerve compression symptom. Carpal tunnel syndrome from compression of a nerve in the wrist is a ...Read more


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When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

Pressure: Usually a compression neuropathy means that something is pushing on a nerve. Sciatica is common - frequently a disc in the spine puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of compression neuropathies?

What are the most common symptoms of compression neuropathies?

Numbness, tingling: Compression of nerves interferes with their circulation, causing numbness and tingling. When severe or chronic it can cause constant or permanent loss of sensation and muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do for compression neuropathies at home?

Try a brace: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a pinched nerve in the wrist that causes numbness and tingling in her fingers. You can try wearing a wrist brace that you can buy over-the-counter in the pharmacy. Wear the brace at night when you sleep, this prevents the wrist from bending down this takes the pressure off the nerve relieving the symptoms. ...Read more

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My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

Most Likely: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. Compression neuropathies can be mild and no problem or can be severe leading to permanent tingling, numbness, and weakness. What area is the compression neuropathy? And how symptomatic is she? ...Read more

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My pediatrician says my child may have compression neuropathies, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

My pediatrician says my child may have compression neuropathies, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Nerve pressure: Compression is the same thing as pressure. The medical term refers to problems with nerves (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) caused by something pushing on those nerves. The something can be bone, ligament, muscle or other soft tissue. ...Read more

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Do you know of any new treatment for compression neuropathies?

Do you know of any new treatment for compression neuropathies?

Endoscope: Depending on what nerve compressed. The usual treatment needs to be getting rid of the compression. Some nerves can be decompressed via a minimally invasive way or endoscope. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is compression neuropathies?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is compression neuropathies?

Examination: A good physical examination can diagnose a compression neuropathy. This diagnosis can be confirmed with tests such as mris and emgs(nerve tests). ...Read more

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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of neuropathy. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of neuropathy. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Many things: Maintain ideal body weight (bmi 18-24), avoid alcohol, treat any underlying condition that is causing the neuropathy (diabetes, thyroid condition, rheumatoid arthritis, emphysema/copd, sleep apnea), take a b complex vitamin once daily, and check your feet daily for sores. Neuropathy may cause pain, numbness, tingling, imbalance, & weakness; only rare & severe types of neuropathy cause disability. ...Read more