HealthLinks Charleston May/June 2022

www. Char l es tonPhys i c i ans . com | www.Hea l thL i nksChar l es ton . com | 29 or compressing of the existing nerve in the spinal canal – creating the pinched nerve. A herniated disk is one that slips out of its place between two vertebrae, also causing compression of the spinal nerve. Regardless of the cause, most pinched nerves originate in the neck, the upper middle back or the lower back. The average patient is 40 to 60 years old. It is rare and usually a matter of genetics when young people develop this condition. Dr. D’Agostino described the nerve roots that exit the spinal column as “a little less than the size of the diameter of a No. 2 pencil lead. A healthy nerve is pink and supple; an unhealthy one is pale and lifeless. When I observe the damaged nerve regain its rosy color, I know I have released the compression on it. The surgery has been successful. Full healing, however, may depend on the length of time the nerve has been compressed and the amount of damage that has been done in that time. I would rather see 100 patients and refer 99 of them for anti-inflammatory steroid injections or to a physical therapist just so that I could catch that single individual who needs immediate surgical attention to save their nerve function.” Although many patients with this condition are referred to neurosurgeons by their family physicians, it is also acceptable to self-refer. As Dr. D’Agostino pointed out, “Who you see first will determine your options.” He encouraged those who have had pain for some time and are not responding to less-invasive treatment to see a surgeon. Tests such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and EMGs will help determine the necessary procedures. The good news is that not all spinal surgeries require overnight or extended stays. Depending upon the extent of the operation, pain relief may be almost instantaneous. A typical two-week follow-up usually completes the treatment. Don’t suffer, hoping your pinched nerve will resolve itself. Seek professional help to find the best way to heal as quickly as possible. Your back will thank you. 4 Carriage Lane, Suite 108, Charleston, SC 29407 828.396.5634 | Affordable, Efficient, Flexible STRESS TESTING & NUCLEAR IMAGING • Routine Stress Tests • Nuclear Stress Test • MUGA Testing • Amyloidosis Testing UTLRASOUND IMAGING • Echo • Vascular • Abdominal ➡ Avoid the HIGH costs of hospital testing ➡ Flexible appointment times for busy schedules ➡ Fastest report turnaround ➡ No facilty fees ➡ LOWEST self pay rates ➡ All major insurance accepted ➡ Convenient and friendly staff Why pay 10 times more at a hospital for testing? Healthcare is a personal choice; understand your rights and options Services we offer: • Premier mobile nuclear and ultrasound imaging • Charleston Imaging Center in West Ashley