What is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve is a painful experience affecting millions of Americans every year.  Pinched or compressed nerve 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.

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Pinched Nerve Treatments

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Pinched Nerve Causes

Find below some of the most common causes of pinched nerves:

  • Obesity
  • Incorrect posture
  • Aggressive sports or training
  • Bone spurs
  • Trauma/injury
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Herniated disc

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
  • Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward
  • Tingling, “pins and needles” sensations (paresthesia)
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area