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Understanding Nerve Compression

Understanding Nerve Compression

Having nerve conditions such as nerve compression can alter our entire body function. It is important that we educate ourselves on these conditions in order to understand why it is necessary to seek immediate remedy before it gets worse.

What is a nerve?

A nerve is a group of long, thin fibers that carry information or instructions between the brain and the other parts of the body. You can think of it as a very complicated and detailed wiring system that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. Some nerves relay messages from the brain to the muscles making it possible for us to move; other nerves carry messages of sensations experienced by the body to the brain.

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Symptoms of Nerve Conditions

There are two physical parts that consists the nervous system. The central nervous system which include the brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system that transmits sensory messages from the body to the brain. Nerve conditions mostly come from the peripheral nervous system and happen when these vital connections are disrupted. Here are some signs and symptoms of having nerve conditions:

  • burning feeling
  • loss of balance
  • altered smell or taste
  • prickling sensation
  • muscle weakness
  • paralysis
  • sensitivity

Pinched Nerve

When a nerve in the neck is compressed, it is called a “pinched nerve” or in medical terms, “cervical radiculopathy.” This disorder can cause shoulder pains and numbness of hand and arm muscles.

A pinched nerve is sometimes the result of the changes and damages that appear in the spine when we age like Arthritis for instance. However in younger people, most causes of a pinched nerve come from unexpected injuries that could result into a herniated disk. Prescription and therapy is a common way to treat this disorder.

Intervertebral disks

Intervertebral disks are located between the backbones. When a person walks or runs, these disks function as shock absorbers. There are two components that make up these disks – Annulus fibrosus and Nucleus pulposus.

  • Annulus fibrosus – the tough, flexible outer ring of the disk.
  • Nucleus pulposus ­­- the soft, jelly-like center of the disk.

Nerve Compression

When a nerve is pressed it is called a nerve compression and usually takes place in one location only. The common areas affected are the torso, limbs and extremities such as nerve endings.  Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or hypothyroidism can also cause nerve compression.

Nerve compression syndrome can also be called as:

  • nerve entrapment syndrome
  • compression neuropathy
  • entrapment neuropathy
  • trapped nerve

Symptoms of nerve compression

Numbness is often caused by injuries to some sensory nerves.

Weakness is caused by an injury to nerves that carry motor signals.

Pain is a common symptom when there is a nerve injury.

Mild injuries to the nerve cause the signals between the body and brain to change. Usually these injuries need surgery.

Broken nerve fibers or more severe injuries can cause the signals between the body and brain to stop until the nerves eventually grow back which usually takes months to occur. These injuries also commonly need surgery.

Cut nerve is when the outer wrap and inner fibers of the nerve are cut. These need to be sewn back so surgery could be necessary.

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Nerve Compression Syndrome, Healthline; last accessed 4/10/2020

Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve), OrthoInfo; last accessed 4/10/2020

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.
Neurologist

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.

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