Nerve pain?

See a Neurosurgeon!

If you have chronic pain in your arms or legs. You have probably thought about how to get rid of it. You might wonder what has caused it. The cause of your pain might offer clues about how to relieve your pain. For example, if you pain is caused by a pulled muscle or osteoarthritis your primary care provider may be able to treat and resolve your pain. However, if your pain is caused by pinched or damaged nerve, your best bet for relief may be a neurosurgeon. At Axis Brain and Back, we are experienced in diagnosing the source of pain and treating and relieving pain that is caused by damage to the nerves.


Nerves are like bundles of electric wires, they transmit signals, including pain signals to the brain. They act like an information highways to carry signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal nerves are mixed nerves that carry both sensory and motor signals between the spinal cord and specific regions of the body. Irritation, such as with a pinched nerve, can disrupt those signals that are transmitted and the result can be ongoing and even intense pain. Pinched nerves can cause pain in the neck or lower back, and pain that radiates from the neck into the shoulder and arm or down the legs. Uncontrollable nerve pain can be hard to bear. Nerve pain has several characteristics that differentiate from other types of pain. Frequent descriptions of neuropathic pain include:

  • burning
  • tingling
  • sharp
  • pins and needles feeling
  • numbness
  • electrical
  • zapping
  • chronic lasting pain
  • radiation down arms and hands and legs and feet
  • Prickling
  • Stabbing
  • Aching

Nerve Map and Locations on the Skin

Nerve Map with Locations


After earning a medical degree, neurosurgeons complete a 7 year residency focused on the surgical treatment of neurological conditions. The residency program for a neurosurgeon is long and difficult, because they are learning about the complex working of the nervous system and advanced techniques in neurosurgical operations. Some go on to complete an additional fellowship in a particular area of study following the residency, after neurosurgeons have performed hundreds to thousands of spine surgeries during their residency

Neurosurgeons are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving:


  • spine and spinal cord
  • nerves and treatment of pain caused by damaged nerves
  • intracranial and intraspinal blood vessels
  • neurosurgeons are trained to perform procedures inside the lining of the spinal canal called the dura

Surgery is an option after other approaches, such as physical therapy and medication, have been tried but are not working to relieve a patient’s pain. When surgery is necessary neurosurgeons can ease your symptoms by decompressing or relieving pressure on the compressed nerve. This relieves pressure by creating more space for the nerves to exit the spinal canal. If you have pressure or numbness in your lower back, arms, or legs. A neurosurgeon has the training and expertise to work with you to relieve that pain.

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