Nerve Compression (chronic) - Description and treatment
Are you affected by 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 using physiotherapy (special exercises, soft technique, massages, etc.) and physical therapy (electric therapy, magnetic therapy, ultrasound, diathermy, etc.) are commenced in order to eliminate swelling and mitigate pain.
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.
Chronic state – state with gradual and long-term development
Non-steroid antirheumatics – non-steroid medicament with analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effect.
Carpal tunnel syndrome – a collection of symptoms caused by compression of nerves, vessels and tendons in a narrow passage leading from the forearm to the palm of the hand.
Within the rehabilitation treatment, low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy has its place, as it targets the symptoms of nerve compression that bother patients the most. It utilises the analgesic and healing effects with the support of the regenerative and anti-inflammatory effects. Magnetic therapy mitigates pain, reduces inflammatory processes, promotes metabolic conditions in tissues, stimulates healing and brings general relief.
Home applications are a huge convenience which allows the patient to continue intensive rehabilitation at home, out of hospital facilities.
The possibility to start treatment early in a new issue and the opportunity to perform long-term daily maintenance applications is also a big benefit.