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Pinched Nerve

Overview

A pinched nerve is the result of pressure surrounding the nerve, typically cause by bone spurs, bulging or herniated discs, and even unaligned muscles and ligaments. There are multiple effects of a pinched nerve, including tingling, pain, and numbness. A pinched nerve is nothing to be taken lightly, and a doctor should be consulted immediately, because it can result in permanent damage to the affected area of compression or "pinching."

Pinched nerves can happen in your wrist, legs, back, neck and virtually anywhere else in your body. Typically, herniated and bulging discs can cause pinched nerves in your neck, back and other parts of the spinal column. The herniated or bulging disc puts a significant amount of pressure on a surrounding nerve by bulging outside of the thing tissue keeping it in place. In doing so, it compresses the nerve, causing severe pain and discomfort. This pain can be felt anywhere from the arms and shoulders (if the pinched nerve is in the neck) or even down your buttocks and legs (due to a pinched nerve in the lower back).

Pinched nerves can also commonly occur in the wrist, due to carpal tunnel. Due to this type of pinched nerves, the result is typically numbness or the "asleep" feeling in the fingers. It can also cause a cramping or arthritic feeling in your hand.

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

  • Numbness or the "asleep" feeling in the extremities associated or branched with the pinched nerve
  • Sharp pain with certain movements
  • When the body jerks, or quick reflexes are made, pain is typically substantial, especially with pinched nerves in the spinal column
  • Tingling sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Constant twitching in the surrounding or affected area

Pinched Nerve Treatment

Surgery isn't always a necessary approach to a pinched nerve; however, sometime it is needed to completely correct the issue. With surgery, a doctor will try to relieve pressure by fixing the underlying problem. A pinched nerve is not always a main condition, but the result of another condition. For example, if a bulging disc is compressing the nerve, therein causing pain, the doctor will try to fix the bulging disc, alleviating the pressure and, therefore, relieving the patient of pain associated with it.

Anti-inflammatory medication is also a common treatment. Anti-inflammatory medicine will help reduce any swelling in the affected area, causing the pressure on the nerve to retract, and reliving pain associated with that pressure. Also, a physician will recommend rest or a splint or brace, generally followed by a short rehab stint.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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