What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a painful experience affecting millions of Americans every year. Pinched or compressed nerves are usually a result of bone or connective tissue placing too much pressure on a nerve. This pressure causes inflammation, impeding the nerve function which our bodies interpret as pain.
A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. For example, a herniated disk in the lower spine, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg. Usually, with rest and other conservative treatments, most people recover from a pinched nerve within a few days or weeks. However, surgery may be needed in some cases to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.