When excessive pressure on the nerve is applied by the surrounding tissues on the bone, muscles, cartilage, etc., it leads to the condition called ‘pinched nerve.’ This pressure disrupts the function of the nerve, leading to pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling sensation.
The pinched nerve condition can happen in multiple regions in the body. For instance, a herniated or bulging disc can exert pressure on your nerve root, which causes pain radiating down to the back of the leg back. Similarly, a nerve pinched in the wrist can cause numbness and pain in the palm and fingers. In many cases of a pinched nerve, the patient is likely to recover through rest and some conservative treatments; however, if the condition persists, surgical method may be recommended to alleviate pain.
Signs and Symptoms
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the area to which nerve supplies
- Sharp pain, burning or aching sensations radiating outward
- Weakness of muscles felt in the affected body region
- Frequent feelings of foot or hand ‘falling asleep’
These problems may feel worse when you are sleeping.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
Pinched nerve happens when the surrounding tissues apply excessive pressure on the nerve or group of nerves. There are several conditions that may cause nerve compression leading to a pinched nerve. These include the following:
- Trauma or injury
- Stress due to repetitive actions
- Arthritis on the wrist or rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries
If the pinched nerve condition occurs only for a short period, it does not cause permanent nerve damage. The function of the nerve returns to its normal state once pressure on the nerve stops. However, if the pressure remains for an extended period, it can lead to chronic pain with permanent damage to the nerve. So, if you are experiencing pain due to a pinched nerve, immediately get in touch with Atlas Health to restore your nerve to normal function before it gets worse.
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