Are Pinched Nerves Getting on Your Nerves?

Everybody’s experienced it. You’re wide-awake and ready to get on with your day, but there’s just one problem: your leg’s asleep. As the world moves past you, you stay put, having to sit there and wait for your leg to finally get the message that it’s time to roll. Fortunately, in most cases, the message is finally received and you can go back to taking on the world. Unfortunately, sometimes that tingly, numb feeling stays. If you’ve experienced this, you may be dealing with pinched nerves.

The Root of it All

Pinched nerves are persistent, prickly and sometimes present burning sensations that commonly occur in high-pressure spots around the body. Frequent areas include places where movement is controlled, such as:

  • Wrists – using a computer mouse, typing, writing
  • Elbows – placing arms on armrests, leaning
  • Knees – crossing legs, sitting incorrectly
  • Neck – turning too quickly, stiff neck, sleeping awkwardly

When extra pressure is placed upon these areas, it can cause irritation to both the nerve and its protective covering. This acts like a roadblock on the freeway, causing the nerves to lose proper communication with the brain. This detour makes the tingling sensation take over and sometimes never go away.

Avoiding recurring movements to the frequent areas, rest, exercise and weight control can all help cope with and occasionally even eliminate pinched nerves. Frequent pinched nerves may signal a bigger and more severely damaging problem, such as spinal injuries, herniated discs, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Total Pain Care Can Help

If the pain does indeed linger, the board-certified specialists at Total Pain Care are here to offer compassionate care while treating your pain to the best of their ability. We can help identify the problem and work towards reaching a satisfactory solution for you with a proper diagnosis and an in-depth pain management plan. Contact the Total Pain Care team in New Jersey to find lasting relief today.

Sprain or Strain: A Guide to Recognizing Your Pain (Part 2)

In early February, we offered vital information about sprains, their common causes and symptoms in an effort to help you differentiate them from strains. Now, Total Pain Care wants to keep the knowledge flowing with the most complete information about strains. It’s our duty to provide you with the most effective pain-management techniques possible. Properly identifying your injury as soon as it happens will allow you to get the most out of our care.

Identifying a Strain

A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled and either stretched or torn. You may have experienced this injury while lifting a heavy object or over an extended period of time when the muscles are overworked.

The back and hamstring muscles are the ones most commonly affected, although strains can also affect the arms and elbows. Strains can generally happen as a result of physical activities like lifting or sports such as soccer, football or gymnastics. Some of the most common strain signs include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to move the affected muscle
  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Muscle weakness

Get Your Mobility Back

A strain can be a painful injury to deal with and one that can potentially sideline you for far too long. If this has happened to you, know that Total Pain Care can accompany you through the journey to a pain-free life. Our New Jersey board-certified pain management specialists will evaluate your injury to create a recovery plan that will lead you back to health at the pace you require.

Sprain or Strain: A Guide to Recognizing Your Pain (Part 1)

Pain in any body part can cause worry, but an even bigger headache can stem out of not knowing what caused it. Is your pain a result of a ligament sprain or a muscle strain, and more importantly, what are the differences? The best way to get the most out of your treatment is to correctly identify the injury. The good news is that Total Pain Care has the information you’ve been looking for.

Spotting a Sprain

Have you fallen and landed on your arm or on the side of your foot? Or maybe you twisted your knee while out on your morning run? Chances are the resulting pain is a sign of a sprain. Sprains occur when the ligament that connects two or more bones at the joint is stretched or torn. This type of injury commonly occurs in the ankle but can also affect the wrists or thumbs due to sports or other physical activities.

Sprains can be mild, moderate or severe. One of the most common signs of this injury is a popping sensation in the affected area, but other symptoms can occur. These include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Inability to move or use the injured joint
  • Bruising

Trust in Total Pain Care

You don’t have to deal with the pain and discomfort of a sprain on your own. Take the first step towards relieving your joint pain with Total Pain Care of New Jersey. Our board-certified pain management specialists will thoroughly evaluate your injury to give you the care you need at the pace you are comfortable with.