When you suffer from chronic pain, it can be frustrating and disappointment when doctors can’t identify the pain’s source. Nerve entrapment is a common cause of chronic pain that’s often overlooked. Dr. Paul Tortland and Dr. Jeffrey LaVallee at New England Stem Cell Institute specialize in the diagnosis of nerve entrapment and offer a treatment that can provide the long-term relief you’ve been looking for.
Nerve pain can be caused by many factors, but the most common is a direct injury to a nerve, such as a bruise or overstretching, or nerve entrapment.
Also called a pinched or compressed nerve, nerve entrapment occurs when a nerve gets squeezed by surrounding tissue, such as muscles. Almost all of the nerves in the body pass around, between, or through muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Some nerves, such as those exiting the spine, also pass through bony canals, and they can get squeezed if a canal becomes too narrow.
When a nerve gets squeezed, its blood supply gets reduced, and this causes nerve irritation. This irritation can cause pain and nerve symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and a sense of weakness. (When you cross your legs and your foot falls asleep, that’s due to the nerve and blood vessels getting compressed.) Some cases of nerve entrapment, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, are easy to diagnose. Others aren’t as cut-and-dry, and the diagnosis can be elusive.
The symptoms of nerve entrapment depend on the affected nerve. In addition to pain, you may also experience:
Symptoms usually worsen with or without movement.
Simple nerve entrapment is often easily treated with soft tissue release techniques used in physical therapy or with special treatments such as A.R.T. (Active Release Technique) or the Graston technique.