A pinched nerve transpires when too much pressure is applied to the nerve and the surrounding area. This pressure might be the consequence of repetitive motions or may happen by holding the body in one position for a long period of time. Your nerves are most weak in the parts of your body where they travel through narrow spaces and have only a small amount of soft tissue for protection.
Pressure on the nerve can irritate the nerve itself. When this happens, the nerve is unable to conduct sensory impulses and leads to a sense of numbness. Left unchecked, it can cause pain.
Any number of conditions may cause a pinched nerve including an injury or repetitive movement. People who engage in poor posture or who are obese are at an added risk for pinched nerves. Other risk factors include diabetes, pregnancy and heredity.
One of the more common symptoms of a pinched nerve is a tingling sensation and often with numbness as well. The tingling and numbness may come and go as first, but over time will become more persistent. Pain may also accompany the tingling and numbness. Visit your doctor to be properly diagnosed.
Treatments for pinched nerves vary depending on cause and severity, but many will benefit greatly by simply resting the injured area. Oral corticosteroids can be used to reduce pain and swelling and physical therapy in New Orleans will help stretch and strengthen muscles. In some severe cases that don’t respond to other treatments, surgery might be needed.