What is peripheral nerve compression (pinched nerve)? 

A nerve in the arms or legs can become compressed due to narrowing passageways, tumors or other diseases. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of a compressed nerve.  

Possible symptoms: 

  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve 
  • Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward 
  • Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia) 
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area 
  • Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep" 

How is a compressed nerve treated? 

Our team of neurosurgeons and neurologists can help alleviate your symptoms and restore function.  

  • Minimally Invasive Outpatient Decompression Procedures 
    We offer a variety of outpatient decompressive procedures. Often, these solutions can be done through minimal incisions. This can reduce your hospital stay, shorten your recovery time and get you back to your regular activity sooner – and with less pain.  
  • Surgery 
    If surgery is necessary, our neurosurgery team uses electromyography (EMG) testing in the operating room to assess nerve damage and recovery of scarred nerves. We can remove nerves that are damaged beyond repair, and reconnect healthy nerve endings. We are also able to transplant a piece of nerve from another part of your body. These procedures can help your nerves regrow. 

Guthrie neurosurgery offers the latest treatment options for brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease, spine surgery, neuro-oncology and stroke.

Many common problems of the hand can cause pain and interfere with your active lifestyle. You can rely on Guthrie for the latest treatment and surgical options.