A peripheral nerve injury can affect the arms, legs and face and can include: sciatica, herniated disc, pins and needles, numbness, pain and possible weakness. Nerves are fragile structures that can be damaged through pressure, stretching and laceration.
Our Seattle physical therapists are highly skilled at treatment techniques that can relieve nerve root compression caused by scar tissue following a disc prolapse or herniation and can treat conditions related to compression of the sciatic nerve by other structures. Treatments also aim to prevent further episodes of sciatic pain through teaching correct postural techniques, and exercises to correct any muscle weakness around the spine.
Other common nerves injuries include brachial plexus injuries and foot drop. Depending on the severity of the nerve damage, the nerve may experience some recovery, or in the case of a laceration injury, a permanent disability may result. Nerves grow about an inch per month in adults. Nerve compression can be common in the cervical and lumber spine. Physical therapy treatment can ensure that the nerve has the best possible environment for healing and can help to reduce disability and movement dysfunction while the nerve is healing.