Nerve disorders are a common symptom of spine diseases, but they can also be caused by conditions of the brain or other areas of the body (such as the hands and feet).
Spine disorders often cause nerve problems because they can affect nerves that travel to or from your spine. For example, sometimes, a herniated disc compresses a nerve root, which is like a long extension of the nerve inside your spine. The disc itself is not a problem; it’s the bulging area that exerts pressure on surrounding areas and causes problems. Many patients with this condition report having severe pain in their lower back and/or leg (a condition known as sciatica).
Some car accidents cause fractures of certain bones, such as the vertebrae that line your spine. These fractures can cause nerve damage because they interfere with the normal movement or position of the bones and discs, putting pressure on nerves. This is a common cause of pain and numbness in the arms and legs, which can be particularly disabling.
Symptoms of Nerve Disorders
The specific nerve affected will determine the symptoms that one experiences. However, the most common symptoms are pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
Nerves can be affected in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or the peripheral nervous system (nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). These nerves may be pinched in the neck or back and cause a shooting pain down the arms or legs with numbness and weakness.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness and tingling in both hands and feet. In severe cases of nerve damage, there can even be paralysis and loss of bowel and bladder function.
Nerve Disorder Treatment
When you come to Comprehensive Medical Care, you will get a thorough evaluation and examination to see if any nerve disorders are present. Depending on the finding, you may be required to obtain additional diagnostic workups, such as an MRI or a nerve conduction study.
Treatment can include conservative care with physical therapy or chiropractic care with possible mechanical traction. Depending on the type of nerve disorder, one may also benefit from injections or other procedures.
If you experience pain or discomfort from a nerve disorder, the multidisciplinary team at Comprehensive Medical Care offers a variety of treatment options to address the root cause.