Putting the Squeeze on Nerve Compression

You know the saying “Don’t wait until it’s too late”? Well that especially rings true when it comes to nerve compression.  Your nerves send signals to your brain, and when those nerves get compressed, there’s a non-stop signal of pain! Since the condition gets worse the longer it goes untreated, knowing what to look for and treating it at the onset is critical.

The Big Squeeze

Nerves spread from your brain and spinal cord to other parts of your body carrying important messages.  Sometimes, when they get to a narrow area that does not have a lot of soft protective tissue, they can become pinched, or squeezed.  Pressure is placed on the nerve root causing it to become inflamed. This is known as nerve compression, and it can be quite painful.

Know the Signs

Pain is the most common symptom of nerve compression.  Since it effects your tendons, ligaments, and bones—all of which can be found in your feet—you could be feeling pain in your lower legs, ankles, feet, and toes. Sometimes people complain of other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, a feeling of pins and needles, a burning sensation, pain that radiates, or weakness when performing activities such as walking or running. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek help before the pain becomes chronic and even harder to treat.

Top-of-the-line Treatment

Here at our Palm Desert, CA location, we stay up to date with the latest and most effective treatment options.  Rest, splints, or surgeries are typically recommended to help with nerve compression.  Dr. Harvey Danciger, however, takes a different approach.  By using MLS Laser Therapy —a nonsurgical, noninvasive approach—you can decrease the amount of time it takes to heal. Plus, this state-of-the-art method can be performed right in our office for your convenience.

How Laser Therapy Works

Light wavelengths created by the laser pass over the affected tissue, stimulating the healing process, and acting as an anti-inflammatory and pain reducer. Usually you will come in for 10 sessions depending on the severity of your ailment. For nerve compression symptoms, it may take 6-7 treatments before you will begin to feel the positive effects laser treatments have to offer.  Pain starts to subside and the numbness or burning sensations start to go away for most people.

Even better, laser treatments have no known side effects.  Since it’s a noninvasive solution, it does not carry the risks that typical surgeries do. Most people say they experience no pain or discomfort during or after the therapy.  Because laser removal of tattoos is infamous for pain, patients are sometimes apprehensive about laser therapy, but rest assured it is not the same treatment and it is highly unlikely that you will experience pain.

If you are suffering from nerve compression and would like to learn more about laser therapy, all of your questions and concerns can by answered by visiting Dr. Harvey Danciger in our Palm Desert, CA office.  You can easily schedule an appointment by calling (760) 568-0108.  Nerve compression can be painful, but coming in to see us is the first step towards a pain-free recovery. 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle