When a nerve in your body is mechanically irritated, it can cause various symptoms including burning pain, electric shock-like pain, pins and needles, numbness, weakness and loss of co-ordination. The nerve can be compromised anywhere along its path but commonly it is associated with the spine.
The physiotherapist can take you through an assessment to determine where the source of the nerve pain / symptoms is coming from but may sometimes require imaging (MRI, CT) to confirm or assist in making the correct diagnosis. Finding the source of the nerve pain will help determine what treatment methods will best respond to resolve the issue. Treatments may include joint mobilization, neural mobilization, soft tissue release and exercises.