Trapped Nerves

A ‘Trapped Nerve’ commonly refers to a sharp and shooting pain that typically radiates from a specific area of discomfort, often experienced by patients in Gloucester.

There are multiple causes for a trapped nerve, a condition frequently encountered by our Gloucester clinic’s patients.

The term “trapped nerve” might be somewhat misleading, as it refers to the discomfort experienced when nerves are interrupted or compressed by surrounding tissues. Like water flowing through a hose pipe, any pressure that hinders nerve flow can cause significant pain at the site of compression and in the areas served by the nerve. This pain can be due to irritation, inflammation, or physical damage.

Common causes of trapped nerves are wide ranging

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  • Spinal disc bulges
  • Swelling & inflammation
  • Muscle tightness
  • Wear and tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone & joint aggravation

Swelling often leads to nerve trapping, a common condition treated at our Gloucester clinic. When nearby structures swell due to inflammation, the space around a nerve decreases, causing compression. Additionally, nerves can respond with pain to the chemicals produced by inflammation, a natural response indicating a problem in that area. Radiating pain is usually a secondary symptom, highlighting the importance of targeting the primary cause of nerve compression for effective treatment and identifying the root cause of the issue.

What to do if you have a Trapped Nerve

For immediate relief from a trapped nerve in Gloucester, regularly apply an ice pack (wrapped in a damp tea towel) to the area where the pain originates. Ensure you keep the joint moving for mobility (further details in “Why I need to Ice?“) and avoid activities that worsen the pain.

Get you out of pain

At our Gloucester clinic, every patient receives a comprehensive assessment. We provide a clear, honest explanation of the suspected causes of your pain and the best course of action. Our goal is to restore you to your best health as quickly as possible through specific mobilisations, gentle manipulations, and various soft tissue therapies, including dry needling. We also strive to provide a summary of your initial visit for your records.

Keep you out of pain

Our Gloucester clinical team excels in preventative care, offering a personalised ‘home help’ programme to all patients. This approach is key to achieving the most effective and long-lasting recovery. Our aim is to empower you towards a lasting health solution. Contact our clinic at 01452 309372 for an appointment or to discuss your needs with our team.

Common Trapped Nerve Symptoms

  • Arm & Shoulder Pain
  • Painful joints and stiffness
  • Leg, Ankle & Foot Pain
  • Shooting Rib Pain
  • Numbness and Weakness
  • Sharp and Electric Pain
  • Back or Neck Pain
  • Tingling and Pins & Needles

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