Nerve Compression (chronic)
Do you suffer from pain which gets better with time but eventually comes back? Is the pain accompanied by a tingling sensation, decreased sensitivity and limited mobility of the affected area? Nerve compression may be one of the causes.
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Characteristics of Chronic Nerve Compression and its Causes
Nerve compression can take place in many parts of the body. The cause may be swelling, injuries, tumours, inflammation and other health issues.
As opposed to the acute state, chronic nerve compression means permanent issues, which get temporarily better or worse. These issues are often a result of degenerative changes to the spine.
Chronic nerve compression can occur during arthrosis. Arthrosis in the spine area leads to compression of radicular nerves, which manifests itself by severe pain, most commonly in the lumbar and sacral segments of the spine. Developed stages can lead even to paralysis.
Chronic nerve compression is often a result of developed entrapment syndrome. Entrapment syndrome is when nerves, blood vessels and tendons are compressed in a narrow area between bones and fibrous structures.
The compression can be caused by:
- long- term unilateral strain,
- vibration, cold or pressure from work tools,
- Unsuitable position of the body.
This can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, compression damage of the ulnar nerve or compression damage of the peroneal nerve at the head of the fibula and a range of other conditions.
Nerve Compression Treatment – Rid yourself of the Pain
Nerve compression treatment is always based on resolving the cause.
In cases of compression of the root nerve of the spine, rehabilitation and physical therapy are commenced.
With entrapment syndromes, treatment aims to decrease strain by applying a brace. Mitigating pain and preventing inflammation can be supported by administering non-steroid anti-rheumatics.
In advanced stages of arthrosis there is often need for surgical intervention. Surgical treatment is indicated in severe stages of the condition. Medium and severe damage in entrapment syndrome also requires surgical treatment.