Peripheral Nerve Impingement

What is it, and how can Prairie Therapy help?

What is Peripheral Nerve Impingement?

Peripheral nerve impingement, also known as pinched or compressed nerves, are nerves that have lost mobility or have become compressed by surrounding tissue. Compressed nerves are common, and people of any age can experience these types of injuries. Peripheral nerves in the arms and legs control movement, coordination, and sensation functions. Since these play a significant role in our bodies, peripheral nerve impingement can be painful and cause difficulty in day-to-day functioning. 

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of nerve impingement include:

  • Numbness or decreased sensations in the affected area 

  • A sharp burning or aching pain that may radiate outwards

  • The feeling of pins and needles, also known as paresthesia

  • Muscle weakness in the affected area

  • Impaired movement of the body part affected

Suppose you are experiencing pain or numbness in the arms or feet. In that case, discussing your concerns with a healthcare professional is essential.

persons hands holding their own foot
person holding their own hand, and that hand has the nerves pictured on it


There are many factors that can contribute to peripheral nerve impingement. Some of the most common include arthritis, aging, sudden injuries, repetitive motion tasks, obesity, pregnancy, and diabetes. These factors may increase your risk of developing a compressed nerve.


To accurately treat your pain, a thorough evaluation from a healthcare professional is necessary. Your practitioner may request a physical examination of the area and recommend further tests to provide a diagnosis. This could include X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to get a clear understanding of any damage to the nerve. 

How Can Prairie Therapy Help?

Our trained clinicians at Prairie Therapy can provide information to help you learn more about peripheral nerve impingement. We are equipped to help manage the pain and discomfort of these nerve injuries. Physiotherapy, Osteopathic Manual Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Acupuncture may be recommended to help manage pain and discomfort, and a multi-practitioner approach may be the best course of action.

If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain related to nerve injuries, contact us at Prairie Therapy to find out which practitioner would be the best fit for your injury – Calgary SW Nerve Pain Treatment.

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