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Pinched Nerve

Disruption of the nerve function--or a pinched nerve--can occur for a variety of reasons. For instance, pregnancy may cause undue pressure on the nerves in the lower back from the weight and pull of the uterus. This type of pinched nerve usually resolves itself once the baby is delivered.

Other causes for a pinched nerve may involve joint disease, an injury, or repetitive motions. In cases such as these, some type of surgical intervention may be required for resolution of the pain. Examples of the most common locations for pinched nerves include the femoral, plantar, and sciatic nerves, as well as the nerves in the spinal column. It's important to seek treatment before the nerve becomes permanently damaged.

Surgical Intervention for Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve in the spine is often the result of a worn facet joint, which causes pressure on the spinal nerves as they emerge from the spinal cord. Degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc are other common causes of a pinched nerve in the spinal column. In other areas of the body--such as the wrist--repetitive motion may cause irritation to the nerve (as in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome).

When surgery is indicated as the best option for obtaining relief from a pinched nerve, there's no reason to submit to open spine surgery under general anesthesia. At The Bonati Institute, surgery is performed under a local anesthesia at a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center. This outpatient facility has highly skilled surgeons trained in the latest techniques using endoscopic and arthroscopic laser surgery.

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