I have a special interest in neuroscience (nerves are like your bodies electrical wiring). The neurological system is heavily intertwined with ALL other parts of your body and plays an important yet subtle role with all parts of your health. I will often “nerd out” when I see something interesting at my research job or when I have a patient come in with a neurological problem.
Neurological problems commonly present with numbness, tingling, weakness, altered sensation and occasionally with sharp shooting pains. I’ve even heard one person describe nerve pain as having a “toothache” in the muscle.
When something is “pinching” a nerve it often classifies as an impingement syndrome. (Impinge is based off a Latin word which means to rub against)
The first thing you need to know about nerves is they do not like being touched at all. The second thing you need to know is that there isn’t much spare room in the body; if one structure isn’t in the right position then another structure is likely being rubbed against something.
Some common examples of impingement syndromes that are within my scope of practice are:
- Sharp shooting pain down the back of the leg.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Tingling and numbness down the arms.
- Loss of blood flow to the arms.
- T4 Syndrome
- Tingling and numbness down the arms that may be connected to upper back pain.
- Cubital tunnel impingement
- Tingling and numbness in the hand, specifically along the little finger.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- There are several different presentations for this condition. Some of them need to be managed surgically.
- Inguinal nerve entrapment
- Tingling pains that run along the inside of the hip.