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man with a pinched nerve in the neckPinched nerve pain occurs when a nerve is put under significant pressure by surrounding tissue, which could be muscles, tendons, or even bones.

The pressure, and subsequent damage to the nerve, is what causes the pain.

Although pain is certainly one of the more noticeable symptoms of a pinched nerve, it isn't the only one.

Those with pinched nerves may also experience a numb feeling, tingling, or even muscle weakness. And while it is possible to have a pinched nerve anywhere on the body, there are a few very common sites, such as the neck, spine and the wrists, where impingement on the nerve is far more likely to occur.

Any condition or injury that causes tissue to swell in some way can result in a pinched nerve. However, some of the more common causes of pinched nerves are repetitive tasks, sometimes resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. Other typical examples of nerve damage my arise from bad posture, arthritis, obesity, sciatic nerve damage, or severe physical trauma suffered from sports such as "tennis elbow."

Pinched nerve treatment

 

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The most common treatment for pinched nerve pain is to rest the affected area as much as possible, so that it has time to heal, which will relieve the pressure on the nerve. Cold compresses can help ease inflammation. Pain relievers such as aspirin can also bring temporary relief.

Since pinched nerve pain is commonly caused by inflammation of surrounding tissue, an anti-inflammatory can also be taken that may also help with "radiating pain". This condition is often experienced as pain that travels from a pinched nerve in the back down to the leg, or from the neck to the shoulders.

In chronic cases, cortisone injections have also been shown to be very effective in treating pain and inflammation.

If this treatment doesn't work, the next step is surgery to ease the pressure surrounding the nerve. This kind of surgery may involve removing tissue, or even severing tissue to make more room for the nerve, depending on how chronic the condition is or where the injury is located.

Preventing pinched nerves varies greatly depending on the cause. Two very common causes of pinched nerves, bad posture and repetitive stress, can both be easily avoided by consciously correcting posture and by limiting repetitive movements, while properly strengthening surrounding muscles to insulate the nerve from further injury.

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How to Treat a Pinched Nerve - Follow step-by-step instructions including home care tips, related video, and visitor comments, from eHow.com.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

 

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