Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Back Pain
If you stay fit and healthy and regularly participate in sports and exercise, it might be difficult to imagine that you would ever suffer from back pain. After all, you’ve built up your muscular structure, you feel great and every physio you have at the doctor comes back with a clean bill of health. However, peripheral nerve entrapment is a particular problem for those with active lifestyles, particularly if you play a few sports. Additionally, those with physically demanding occupational activities, such as construction or professional movers, may also find that even though they’re considered fit and healthy, they’re prone to back pain of this nature.
Also known as nerve compression syndrome, one of the most common peripheral nerve entrapment conditions that you may be familiar with is carpal tunnel syndrome. However, this is surprisingly also quite common in the spine area. One of the most common overall factors in this type of injury is repetitive strain on the specific muscles surrounding the nerve. There are a variety of symptoms that sufferers experience when it comes to this specific diagnosis. Some report a feeling of numbness or tingling, where others report muscle weakness or even a burning pain.
No matter how healthy you think you are, ignoring symptoms of pain is a sure way to ensure that you’re out of the game in the future. While doctors often prescribe pain management medication, you may wish to consult with a specialist clinic such as the Integrated Spine & Sports clinic who can offer a specially tailored recovery plan to get you back on the field or at the gym in no time. By using physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and other holistic methods, they can provide a total body, 360-degree therapy for your needs.
Our approach to treating back pain
By visiting a back pain specialist clinic such as Integrated Spine & Sports, the professionals there can help individually tailor a program to help both manage your symptoms and work on your recovery.
We offer non-surgical options for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions affecting the back, with an integrative approach that may include:
Back Pain Specialists
Our back pain specialists in Manhattan create custom treatments designed to meet the needs of people suffering from acute pain due to injury, as well as those experiencing chronic conditions affecting the muscles, discs, soft tissue and nerves within the back, cervical spine, and neck.
Our integrative team, consisting of a board-certified physiatrist, chiropractors, and physical therapists, offers comprehensive treatment for acute and chronic back pain treatment in NYC.
Back Pain FAQs
Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are “aches and pains”. Some patients do experience back pain, especially in the lower back. In some cases, the pain is subtle but constant. In others, it is an intense, pulsating pain, which can radiate down to the legs. If the back pain persists, consult your doctor.
Generally, the best position to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on one’s back ensures that the spine is in a neutral position, which can help with back pain. You can also put a pillow under your knees, legs, and/or lower back to support the natural curve of the spine. This can minimize lumbar pressure and relieve back pain.
If doing gentle back stretches doesn’t do the trick, then try strengthening your core so your spine isn’t struggling to stay upright. Heat therapy and cold therapy can also work well for pain relief. If your back pain is a result of poor posture or a bad workstation setup, make the necessary changes to avoid back pain in the future.
Your back pain is likely serious if it occurs with any of the following symptoms: numbness in lower body, loss of bladder/bowel control, fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling. In such cases, please consult a physiatrist immediately.
Short-term (or acute) back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. This is often the case with back pain, and patients usually recover without medical treatment. Sometimes, it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This is called chronic back pain, and it can take a while to go away. Medical treatment often helps relieve chronic backpain, so we recommend consulting a physiatrist.
Acupuncture provides short-term relief for chronic back pain. Back pain is actually the number 1 reported reason people seek acupuncture. By stimulating the various acupuncture points associated with back pain, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated, which can help provide pain relief.