What is Nerve Compression?

Woman-with-neck-painNerve compression also known as a “pinched nerve” occurs when excess pressure is applied to an area of the body and the nerve’s function is impaired. Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord, sending important messages throughout your body. If you have a pinched nerve your body may send you warning signals such as pain.

Nerve compression can occur almost anywhere in the body, but most commonly the wrist, arms, back and neck are affected. Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. In most cases, nerve compressions do not require medical attention, but some severe pinched nerves may cause chronic and debilitating pain.

The earlier you seek a diagnosis and receive treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you will find relief.
What Causes Nerve Compression?

Anything that puts pressure on your nerve and the surrounding tissue can cause nerve compression. Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as:

  • Ligament
  • Tendon
  • Bone

Conditions or factors that can cause a pinched nerve include: 

  • Injury
  • Repetitive motions
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Staying in one position for a prolonged period of time
  • Sports

Symptoms of Nerve Compression

Symptoms can vary greatly – from mild, sharp, severe, dull. The most common symptom is pain, but other signs of nerve compression include: 

  • Numbness
  • A “pins and needles” sensation
  •  Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased sensation

Treatment for Nerve Compression 

There are many different treatment options available for nerve compression, depending on the symptoms and cause.  Some treatment options include: 

Don’t wait to get the help you need for your pinched nerve! Come visit HROSM to learn more about how we can help relieve your pain. From diagnosis to recovery, our dedicated and professional team is there for you. Schedule an appointment today!

 

2016-10-12T13:29:16+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Blog, Spine|