What causes a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve or group of nerves is damaged or injured by direct pressure or compression and is unable to properly transmit or receive signals from the brain.
Nerves can be pinched in several parts of the body: the back, neck, elbow or wrist, and symptoms can include numbness, pain or muscle weakness in the injured area, burning sensations, and a tingling or “pins and needles” feeling. If you’ve ever had a hand or foot “fall asleep,” then you’ve experienced a pinched nerve. If you’ve heard someone complain about a “sciatica,” then they are probably referring to a pinched sciatic nerve.
There are any number of things which can cause a pinched nerve, such as a herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, or arthritis, and they can cause other ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and peripheral neuropathy.
If you think you may have pinched a nerve and symptoms persist, it may be indicative of a more serious problem. If that’s the case, additional medical treatments, such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, corticosteroids or surgery, may be needed.
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