Pinched Nerves – Facts and Treatments
Nerves are like electrical cords distributed throughout the entire body that carry information from the brain to the rest of the body and vice-versa. The information travels along the nerve by an electrochemical signal, much like information traveling along an electrical cord. When a nerve is pinched, the signal is interrupted somewhere along its path. A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
There are many potential causes for a pinched nerve, depending on the location of the nerve. A herniated disc in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg. A pinched nerve in your wrist can cause pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).
Herniated disc, arthritis, bone spurs or even spinal stenosis can also cause a pinched nerve (Compressed Nerve) in the neck and lower back. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal through which the nerves pass with the spine. A pinched nerve in the lower back or buttock can compress the sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica and sciatica can be very painful.
Most people improve from a pinched nerve with rest, ice, medication or physical therapy. Weakness or wasting of the muscles from a pinched nerve can cause permanent nerve injury. Sometimes, but rare, surgery is needed to relieve pain from a pinched nerve. Pressure can cause inflammation of the nerve and can disrupt the nerve’s function. If a nerve is pinched for only a short time, there’s usually no permanent damage. Once the pressure is relieved, nerve function will return to normal. But if the pressure continues, chronic pain and permanent nerve damage can occur.
Causes and Risk Factors
A number of conditions may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves and can be risk factors that can lead to pinched nerves.
- Poor posture
- Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
- Stress from repetitive work
- Overworking at Jobs, hobbies or sports activities
- Thyroid disease
Recommendations and Treatment
I recommended my patients to rest for a few days for a pinched nerve. I will ask for them to stop any activities that can cause or aggravate the compression. Depending on the location of the pinched nerve, you may even need a splint or brace to immobilize the area. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, your doctor may recommend wearing a splint during the day as well as at night because wrists flex and extend frequently during sleep, which can make the pain a lot worse. The main treat I always highly recommend my patients, is after you get no more than a few days of rest. Because you don’t want to rest to long, you want to be active and applying the right exercise program can help stretch and strengthen specific muscles in the body, which helps relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve. I know it can be painful at first but with time your muscles will actually stretch and strengthen making it a speedy recovery. I always suggest Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems to all my patients who suffer from back pain. In this shocking, free webinar I’m about to share with you. You’ll learn:
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