Do you have a pinched nerve?
- 6 Months ago
This occurs when there is too much pressure to a nerve by surrounding tissues such as muscles, tendons, bones, or cartilage. The pressure interrupts with the nerve's function causing tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain. A pinched nerve can occur in any part of one's body. For instance, a herniated disk in one's spine may put pressure on a nerve root causing pain that radiates down the back of one's leg. Similarly, a pinched never in one's wrist can lead to pain and numbness in hands and fingers (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). What are the symptoms associated with a pinched nerve? • One experiences numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve. • Sharp radiating or burning pain • Muscle weakness and twitching in the affected area • Recurrent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep" • Tingling sensations (Paresthesia) Problems related to a pinched nerve may be worse when asleep. Doctors propose that a number of conditions may cause the tissue to compress a nerve or nerves. Poor posture, stress from a repetitive job, injury, sports activities, obesity, and osteoarthritis are common contributors to nerve pressure. Here are few tips that may help you prevent a pinched nerve: • Maintain a healthy weight • Maintain good posture at all times • Include flexibility and strength exercises into your regular exercise regimen • Cut down on repetitive activities and take breaks when engaging in these activities Please contact your doctor if you experience any symptoms of a pinched nerve lasting for several days and don't respond to self care measures such as over the counter pain relievers and rest.