Physio for Nerve Pain and Injury

Nerve Pain and Injury

Nerve pain is a broad term for a variety of conditions causing symptoms such as pins and needles, burning, electric shocks, weakness or numbness. These conditions can affect the legs, arms or face.

Pinched Nerve

A ‘pinched’ nerve is a common term used to describe an experience of nerve like pain. This experience can happen anywhere in the body but the most frequently seen is the sciatic nerve or the nerves running from the neck to the arm. When the sciatic nerve located in the back is sensitized this will often result in referred leg pain. This may be caused by something non-structural like overstretching, local swelling or sensitivity of the nerve or it could be something more structural like an arthritic spur or disc protrusion. The term ‘pinched’ is really only a true description when there is a structural impingement on the nerve. This only happens in a small percentage of cases when an individual is experiencing nerve pain.

A pinched nerve in the neck can cause arm weakness, pain, and altered reflexes. Symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck can often be confused with other common conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rotator cuff injuries.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Symptoms include pins and needles, numbness and pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome has many causes, including anything that causes swelling in the wrist such as arthritis or repetitive hand movements.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an injury to the muscles that are responsible for extending the wrist and fingers. The injury usually occurs on the bony bump located on the outside of the elbow where the muscles attach. Tennis elbow usually causes pain when performing gripping tasks and wrist or finger extensions. Tennis elbow can be caused by repetitive tasks such as painting, typing or repetitive gripping and can be a result of poor muscle strength or poor technique during certain physical activities.

Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff injuries are a common shoulder problem. The shoulder joint is relatively unstable in structure compared to other joints in the body to allow for the large range of motion required at the joint. The joint consists of a ball and socket joint which is controlled by a group of muscles known as the rotator cuff. The muscle and tendons in this area are vulnerable to tears and other injuries, depending on the loads placed upon them. A rotator cuff injury can include mild inflammation or tendinitis, local shoulder bursitis or more severe injuries such as partial or complete tears.

Symptoms of Nerve Injury

There are many symptoms that can be caused by nerve problems. Some symptoms can indicate that the nerve is inflamed by sending signals such as:

  • Pins and needles
  • Pain
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Burning sensations

Other nerve injury symptoms can indicate that the nerve has become compressed or its signals are being blocked or interfered with. These symptoms may include:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Reduced reflexes

Physio Nerve Treatment

A highly skilled physiotherapist can treat many conditions related to nerve pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, chronic pain, referred pain, and restless legs. Nerve physiotherapy aims to improve the environment of the nerve with manual therapy, including dry needling. It also aims to prevent any future nerve problems by teaching corrective exercises to deload the affected nerve structures.

Nerve physiotherapy is an effective way to treat and manage many different types of nerve pain and injury. Como physiotherapy has highly trained and qualified physios who provide expert care to patients. Physio nerve treatment identifies the cause of the nerve pain and applies treatment techniques to help relieve pressure, pain, and discomfort, returning the patient to their normal activities as quickly as possible.

3 Sciatica Nerve Pain Facts

If you have ever felt a sharp pain, tingling or numbness running down your leg from your spine, you may have discovered your sciatica. The sciatica nerve is the longest nerve in your body, so it if is acting up, you are going to feel discomfort in a large area of your body. A sciatica massage is one treatment you can try to alleviate the discomfort.

Here are three sciatica nerve pain facts to consider.

What is the Sciatica?

The sciatica nerve runs from the spine down each of your legs. Even though there is a nerve on each leg, patients who report pain, only report it on one leg or the other. A herniated disc is often the culprit of the pain because it presses down on the nerve. If you feel discomfort, you can visit your doctor for a consultation. In the best case scenarios, the pain fades away on its own. It usually affects individuals over the age of 40.

How Do You Know the Sciatica Nerve is Acting Up?

It is almost normal to feel sudden twitches or pinches in your body at odd intervals. When any of those symptoms become frequent and are more than sudden, it is time to take notice. Someone whose sciatica nerve is acting up will have trouble sitting or walking comfortably. The discomfort can range from mild to severe, and it will be concentrated on one side of your body around the back, hip and lower portions.

Treatment

Once you believe it is your sciatica nerve acting up, it is a good idea to seek a consultation with your doctor. He can diagnose the severity, and then, recommend solutions. He may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine or something to relax the muscles. Self-care and physical therapy may be recommended.

You also have the option to receive a sciatica massage. Some patients respond quickly to this treatment while others require a few extra sessions, but it is a holistic approach worth trying.

For sciatica nerve pain, a sciatica massage may alleviate some or all of the discomfort you are experiencing.