Jan 15

What is a Pinched Nerve?

If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, or another uncomfortable feeling in your neck or back, you may have a pinched nerve. Pinched nerves can leave you feeling uncomfortable or in pain throughout the day. However, with the proper treatments, you can reduce pressure and feel more comfortable.

Let’s take a look at what a pinched nerve is, how it occurs, and how you can treat it.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve, also known as a compressed nerve, occurs when there is pressure on one of your nerves. This pressure can result in discomfort, frequently in the form of pain or numbness.

Pinched nerves can have a few different symptoms. In addition to pain or numbness, you may experience a burning or “pins and needles” sensation, or even weakness in that area. More severe pinched nerves may also cause radiculopathy, or radiating pain.

How Do Nerves Become Pinched?

Certain body postures or conditions may lead to a pinched nerve. For example, sleeping incorrectly may cause a pinched nerve. Weight gain, pregnancy, or arthritis can also lead to pinched nerves.

Repetitive movements can also cause pinched nerves. If you’re performing the same tasks over and over, swelling around the nerves may occur, putting pressure on your nerves.

Treating a Pinched Nerve

Treating your pinched nerve will depend on the cause. If your pinched nerve is caused by inflammation surrounding the nerve, you simply need to reduce that inflammation to ease your pain. However, if your pinched nerve is caused by disc material or scar tissue, you may need to have that material removed.

In order to ensure you’re getting the treatment you need to reduce pain and discomfort from your pinched nerve, you need to visit with your doctor. Your doctor can help you find the cause of your pinched nerve and the appropriate treatment method.

If you believe you’re suffering from a pinched nerve, contact Dr. Jeff Mollins, D.C. Whether you’ve been injured in an auto accident, a construction accident, or at work, Dr. Mollins can provide you with the treatment you need. Call us today at 347.797.5843.