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What are Pinched Nerves?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 18, 2013
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  • It often affects the nerve roots of the spine.
  • The pressure on a nerve leads to pinched nerve.
  • The inflammation on nerve root of the spine may cause neck or lower back pain.
  • The treatment for pinched nerves depend upon the severity and cause of the nerve compression.

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Nerves from the brain and spinal cord send important messages throughout the body. Nerve pinch is the condition when these nerves are under pressure and are unable to carry the signals. The pinching or compression often affects the nerve roots of the spine. The damage from the pinch nerve can be minor to severe and can cause temporary to long lasting problems.


pinched nerves

Symptoms

Initial symptoms of a pinched nerve may include:
Tingling
Numbness
A burning sensation
Pain in the lower part of the body, neck, shoulders and palm

Causes

The pressure on a nerve leads to pinched nerve. The pressure may occur due to repetitive motions or it may occur from holding your body in one position for long period of time. Nerves are vulnerable at places where they travel through narrow spaces but don’t have enough soft tissue to provide the protection. Nerve pinch often occur when the nerve is pressed between the following tissues- ligament, tendon, bone. The inflammation on nerve root of the spine may cause neck or lower back pain or even cause pain the shoulder and arm.

Nerve compression in the neck or arm can cause symptoms in the following areas:

  • Elbow
  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Fingers

treatment

Treatment for Pinched Nerves

The treatment for pinched nerves depend upon the severity and cause of the nerve compression. In some cases, resting the injured area or avoiding the activities that can worsen the symptoms can be very helpful. When you have severe pains visit your doctor.

In more severe cases, it be necessary to remove material that put pressure on the nerve such as

  • Scar Tissue
  • Disc Material
  • Pieces of Bone

 

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