nerve pain occurs when a nerve is put under significant pressure
by surrounding tissue, which could be muscles, tendons, or
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
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."
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.
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
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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information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.