Pain in arms and legs. If you have pain in your arms and legs, your muscles may not be getting enough blood. This problem is called claudication. Or arm and leg pain could be symptoms of a pinched nerve.
You may also experience cramping in your feet. If you think you have a pinched nerve, try getting an ultrasound, or if you can’t reach an ultrasound provider, call your doctor.
There is no cure for pinched nerves, which generally heal in about two weeks. Your doctor may want to try acupuncture or other remedies, such as low-level laser or acupuncture techniques such as electrotherapy.
What are the symptoms?
If you think you have pinched nerves, your doctor may want to ask you about your past experience with massage, a spinal manipulation, or acupuncture.
You may notice:
Pain in the shoulder
This is commonly called an infraspinatus muscle tension (ISM) pain.
Lower extremity weakness
You may have problems with lower extremity stiffness, which may lead to a pinched nerve.
Arm and leg muscle weakness
Some of these symptoms could be caused by a pinched nerve, such as a pinched nerve, a muscle strain, or even an overuse injury to your muscle.
Pain in your joints.
You should always have your symptoms assessed by your doctor so that you can be confident in your decision about treatment.
If you develop symptoms of pinched nerves, you’ll probably be taken to your doctor for an assessment.
Your doctor can assess your pain, assess whether your pain is an acute or chronic problem, and determine treatment. Sometimes, though, a doctor may need to refer you to a different pain specialist. Your doctor will work with you and your doctor to develop a treatment plan.
Many conditions that cause pinched nerves can improve with low-level laser.
For patients with other nerve problems that don’t improve with laser therapy, the therapy may be used for chronic pain that requires physical therapy.
What if I’m having symptoms of a pinched nerve?
For many pinched nerves, symptoms will improve with treatment, but not all patients will have symptoms improve within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. It’s important to take some steps to improve your symptoms.
To help treat pinched nerves and other nerve problems, you may need:
A referral from a doctor who’s treating the same nerve.
A referral from a local pain management clinic where you’ve taken courses of low-level laser treatments.
Some pain medication
Medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and naproxen sodium (Aleve Max). You may also be treated with low-level laser if you have other signs or symptoms of nerve disorders.
Consider seeking other medical treatment, such as a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, at an office of a specialist who focuses on pain management.
You may have other health problems, such as:
Age. If you’re over 50, you’re more likely to develop pinched nerves. Older people have more of a family history of pinched nerves.
If you’re over 50, you’re more likely to develop pinched nerves. Older people have more of a family history of pinched nerves. Diabetes. Diabetes is a risk factor for pinched nerves.
Diabetes is a risk factor for pinched nerves. Obesity. Obesity is another risk factor for pinched nerves.
People who have pain associated with pinched nerves may experience the following:
Swelling of the lower extremity. When muscle cramps cause pain, swelling in the leg can also be a sign.
When muscle cramps cause pain, swelling in the leg can also be a sign. Injuries. Injury to the lower part of your leg can lead to a pinched nerve, especially if you injure your muscle.
The severity of pain associated with a pinched nerve can also determine the need for additional pain medicine, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Complications for low-level laser treatment
Because pain typically improves with low-level laser treatment, some patients may need additional pain medication, including:
Anti-anxiety medications. An anti-anxiety pill usually consists of acetaminotecan and a nonsteroid.
An anti-asthrombinolizole, another anti-phenterpenesin.
Medications medication that can be used for pain.
Medications for low-protonerpirates and anti-isoprenalen-epine.
The medications are for aorten, proten-o-fluveril-an.