Nerve Entrapments

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Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center

Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, TX

The most common nerve entrapment syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, affects up to 10 million Americans. At Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, Texas, the specialists treat all nerve entrapments, including carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and others. If you have indications of nerve entrapment, call the office in your area or book an appointment online today.

Nerve Entrapments Q & A

What are nerve entrapments?

Nerve entrapment is a condition in which surrounding tissue pressures or pinches a nerve. This entrapment disrupts normal nerve function and can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. 

Nerve entrapment can occur nearly anywhere in the body, but it's most common in the wrist, elbow, spine, and leg. 

What are the symptoms of nerve entrapment?

Nerve entrapment can cause symptoms including:

  • Discomfort
  • Radiating (shooting) pain
  • Tingling or pins-and-needles sensation
  • Burning sensation
  • Weakness

The specific symptoms of your nerve entrapment may vary with the nerve affected. 

What are the different types of nerve entrapments?

There are many kinds of nerve entrapment, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist 
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome in the elbow 
  • Sciatica in the lumbar spine and leg
  • Cervical radiculopathy in the neck 
  • Peroneal nerve entrapment in the knee 
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome in the neck and shoulders
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome in the foot and ankle
  • Posterior interosseous nerve syndrome in the forearm
  • Morton's neuroma in the bottom of the foot (usually between toes)
  • Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome in the abdomen
  • Suprascapular nerve entrapment in the shoulder

Nerve entrapment can also occur in other areas of the body. Usually, nerve entrapment affects just one side of the body at a time. 

What causes nerve entrapments?

One common reason for nerve entrapment is repetitive stress around the nerve. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome may be a work-related injury developing with prolonged use of vibrating machinery. 

Trauma or injury can also lead to nerve entrapments. For example, peroneal nerve entrapment can happen after a knee fracture or other trauma that pressures the nerve. 

Certain health problems can increase your risk of nerve entrapment, including diabetes, autoimmune disease, thyroid disorders, extra weight, and other issues.

How are nerve entrapments treated?

Treatment for nerve entrapment depends on your discomfort level and how the condition affects your daily function. 

The Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center team may recommend conservative treatments such as splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy, along with rest and habit modifications. 

Some people may need cortisone injections, which reduce inflammation and lessen nerve pressure. Injections may last for a few days or up to several months, but they’re not a permanent solution.

In some cases, you might need surgery for severe nerve entrapments. The team offers minimally invasive procedures like tarsal tunnel nerve decompression to relieve nerve pressure and ease your symptoms immediately. 

If you have symptoms of nerve entrapment, call Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center or book an appointment online today.