Pinched Nerve Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Lone Tree, CO & Englewood, CO

You can develop a pinched nerve anywhere in your body. However, pinched nerves are a common source of neck and back pain. The experienced surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat pinched nerves. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you.

Pinched Nerve Q & A

What is a pinched nerve?

Your nerves are part of your peripheral nervous system and relay messages from your organs and extremities to your spinal cord and brain. 

A pinched nerve occurs when soft tissue or bone surrounding one of these nerves compresses or irritates the nerve. The compression may affect signaling from the area of the nerve to your brain and spinal cord.

Your pinched nerve may cause a range of symptoms, such as radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness. 

What conditions cause a pinched nerve?

You can develop a pinched nerve anywhere in your body. However, pinched nerves are a common cause of neck and back pain.

Pinched nerve conditions that involve your neck and back include:

Herniated disc

A herniated disc is a damaged intervertebral disc that compresses your spinal cord or nerve root. You can develop a herniated disc in any area of your spine, but they most often affect the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) spine. 

Spinal radiculopathy

Spinal radiculopathy is a general medical term that describes a pinching of a nerve root along any part of your spinal canal. Sciatica is a type of spinal radiculopathy. 

Bone spurs, narrowing of the spinal column, and herniated discs are common causes of spinal radiculopathy.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a common source of lower back pain. It occurs with a pinched or compressed sciatic nerve as it exits your lumbar spine. 

With sciatica, you may experience pain, numbness, or tingling that travels into your leg on one side of your body.

What happens during a pinched nerve consultation?

The specifics of your pinched nerve consultation with CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine depend on the location of your pinched nerve and the severity of your symptoms. 

During an exam, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your spine. To confirm or rule out the root cause of your pinched nerve, they run various diagnostic tests such as MRI, CT scan, nerve conduction study, or electromyography. 

How is a pinched nerve treated?

Treatment for your pinched nerve depends on the location and severity of symptoms. To begin with, the CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine team takes a conservative and integrative approach to care and may recommend non-surgical treatments such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Pain or anti-inflammatory medication
  • Spinal injections

When non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate your pinched nerve symptoms, your provider may recommend surgical intervention. They perform both minimally invasive and complex spine procedures, such as:

  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Spinal fusion
  • Far lateral C1/C2 fracture (hangman fracture)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Discectomy

Your provider reviews the details of your surgical plan at your consultation so you know what to expect.

For comprehensive care for a pinched nerve, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to schedule an appointment.