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Treatments for Nerve entrapment

Treatments for Nerve entrapment:

With early recognition and treatment, it may be possible in some cases to reverse the symptoms of nerve entrapment before permanent damage occurs. The first step in treatment is prevention. The most successful treatment and prevention plans use a multipronged approach.

Prevention of pudendal nerve entrapment includes ensuring that bicyclists use a properly shaped and positioned bicycle seat.

Prevention and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar tunnel syndrome includes changing or limiting repetitive motion activities. It is also important to not to flex the wrists for long periods of time, such as during keyboarding. Frequent periods of rest and changes in activity of the hands and wrists are key. Treatment and prevention can also include physical therapy, occupational therapy and the use of orthopedic splints. Treatment also includes and diagnosing and treating any other possible underlying conditions, such as arthritis or hypothyroidism.

Prevention of slipped disc and herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis includes weight loss as needed, physical therapy to strengthen the back and abdomen, and learning to use proper weight lifting techniques. Treatment also includes and diagnosing and treating any other possible underlying conditions, such as osteoporosis or spinal tumors.

Medications commonly used to treat nerve entrapment due to most causes include anti-inflammatory medications. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin. NSAIDs are very effective in treating the pain and inflammation of nerve entrapment. However, long-term use of NSAIDs can cause serious, even life threatening, side effects and adverse events. These include bleeding gastrointestinal ulcers and possible heart problems and cardiovascular events. Corticosteroids may also be used to reduce inflammation and pain of nerve entrapment. In severe cases narcotic pain medications may be prescribed.

For some people who do not get relief from nerve entrapment with other measures, surgical procedures may be an option to release the pressure on the affected nerve. Alternative treatments may include acupressure and acupuncture, which also may help reduce pressure on the affected nerve in some cases.

Treatment List for Nerve entrapment

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Nerve entrapment includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Physiotherapy, medication e.g. anti-inflammatories and painkillers, surgery

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