What is Compressive Neuropathy?

DEFINE – What is Compressive Neuropathy?

Compressive neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, is a condition caused by the compression of a nerve.

BREAKING DOWN – Compressive Neuropathy

There are many different types of compressive neuropathy. For instance, sciatica is a type of compressive neuropathy. In sciatica, other structures press on the sciatica nerve (a nerve that runs from the low back through both legs). This may involve the piriformis muscle. When this muscle becomes tight or spasms, it’s close proximity to the sciatic nerve can cause irritation. Abnormalities in the low back structure can also cause the sciatic nerve to become compressed. Ultimately, this results in pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness through the buttocks and down the legs. 

Another example of compressive neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel, and thus the median nerve that runs through it, becomes compressed. This is often due to swelling caused by repetitive movements or the wrist being held in the same position for a prolonged duration.

Generally, in any case, tingling, numbness, burning, and weakness are signs of compressive neuropathy. As per the examples above, it’s frequently caused by repetitive movements, holding the limbs or body in the same position for a prolonged period, muscle strains or tension, injury, tumors, excess weight, and sometimes, edema. Often, a person must undergo nerve conduction tests to confirm a nerve is actually being compressed. In rare cases, surgery is required to relieve the symptoms.

Treatment entails treating the root cause of the problem. For example, if a tight muscle is compressing the nerve, treatment aims to relax that muscle. If swelling or fluid build-up is placing pressure on a nerve, treatment will then address this.

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