Nerve Entrapment Specialist

Alexander Kulick, MD

Pain Management located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

After surgery, trauma, or overuse, nerves can become pinched, compressed, or trapped by scarring or swollen tissues. This is called nerve entrapment, which is a specialty of Dr. Alexander Kulick of the Upper East Side of New York City. This condition can cause significant pain and could need intervention in order to avoid long-term nerve damage. For a consultation about your nerve pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Nerve Entrapment Q & A

What is nerve entrapment?

Nerve entrapment, sometimes called a pinched or compressed nerve, is a condition that can cause pain, weakness, and decreased function. This problem occurs when tissues like bones, cartilage, tendons, and scar tissue place undue pressure on a nerve.

With nerve entrapment, there is usually a degree of movement to the nerve or tissues around it. This can have a rubbing, sawing, or slapping effect on the nerve, further damaging it and causing more intense symptoms.

This can be caused by jobs, sports, or activities that involve long-term repetitive movements, previous injury or surgery, and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

What kinds of nerve entrapment are there?

Dr. Kulick treats a number of nerve-entrapment syndromes, many of which are named for the nerves that are most affected.

Nerve-entrapment syndromes treated by Dr. Kulick include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: affects the wrist and forearm
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome: affects the elbow
  • Sural nerve entrapment: affects the calf of the leg, especially after foot surgery
  • Saphenous and peroneal nerve entrapment: affects the leg
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment: affects the upper leg and thigh
  • Pudendal nerve neuralgia: affects the pelvic floor or genitals

When you have nerve entrapment, it can create difficult symptoms that can cause decreased mobility or the inability to participate in your normal level of activity.

What are symptoms of nerve entrapment?

When your nerves are compressed, pinched, or entrapped it can create symptoms such as:

  • Numbness or decreased sensation
  • Pain or burning along the nerve
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sharp or shooting pains
  • Feeling of pins and needles
  • Decreased function

When your symptoms interfere with life, it is important that you seek treatment to avoid further, potentially permanent damage to the nerve.

What treatments are available for nerve entrapment?

Nerve entrapment can be treated with a variety of methods, including surgery.

Initial treatment is often conservative and can include:

  • Rest and immobilization
  • Braces or splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ultrasound-guided injections

Dr. Kulick is proud to offer ultrasound-guided hydrodissection as a highly effective, minimally invasive treatment for nerve entrapment. This procedure relieves pressure on the nerve, allowing it to move freely, and potentially giving nearly immediate pain relief.

For a consultation about your nerve-entrapment pain, call or book an appointment online today.