See a general practitioner, or GP, at the onset of a pinched nerve, which occurs when an increase of pressure causes trauma to a peripheral nerve. A GP sometimes refers the patient to a specialist if the damage found is extensive.
The type of specialist required depends on the location and cause of the nerve damage. The most common specialists include an orthopedic doctor if the damage stems from injury to muscle or bone; a neurologist or neurosurgeon if the damage is in the brain, spinal column, or spinal cord; or a rheumatologist if the damage is due to non-infectious inflammatory conditions of the bones or joints.Learn More
A pinched nerve refers to the uncomfortable sensation of numbness or pain that develops when increased pressure irritates or damages a peripheral nerve. Almost any nerve is susceptible to this condition, but pinched nerves are typically associated with neck injuries or back pain, according to MedicineNet.Full Answer >
Treatment for a pinched nerve in the shoulder varies considerably based on severity, but it often includes rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, oral corticosteroids, steroid injections, narcotics, physical therapy, wearing a splint or surgery, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
According to Mayfield Clinic, a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scan can reveal the presence of a pinched nerve. An MRI uses magnetic imaging to show the body's soft tissues, including nerve and brain tissue.Full Answer >
According the WebMD, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, painkillers and topical treatments are all possible prescribed medications for a pinched nerve. Anticonvulsants, such as Mebaral and Luminal, are typically a doctor's first choice for nerve pain.Full Answer >