Nerve Compression Injuries
Nerve pain can result from pressure on a nerve or severing or scarring of sensory nerves, which is called a neuroma. Our center treats pain related to either condition in almost any nerve in the body.
Examples of pressure on nerves resulting in pain include:
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Pressure on the median nerve, which runs the length of the arm and passes through the wrist, ending in the hand, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling and weakness in your hand.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The cubital tunnel is a narrow space near the funny bone the medial epicondyle where the ulnar nerve passes from your neck down into your hand.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition in the foot caused by compression of the tibial nerve at the point where it goes through the tarsal tunnel inside the foot.
Meralgia paresthetica is pain in the lateral thigh caused by compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.
Occipital neuralgia is caused by irritation, injury or compression of the greater and lesser occipital nerves. Occipital neuralgia causes chronic headaches. Occipital nerves run from the area where the spinal column meets the neck, up to the scalp at the back of the head.
Examples of neuroma pain include:
- Inguinal neuralgia after hernia repair (groin pain)
- Elbow pain after ulnar nerve transposition
- Intercostal neuralgia after thoracic surgery (rib pain)
- Foot pain after nerve biopsy
- Pain at an incision site after any surgery can be caused by a sensory nerve that was injured by the incision.
Talk to the peripheral nerve experts.