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Working Through A Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve root by surrounding tissues, such as bones, tendons, or muscles.  The pressure interrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or weakness. 

While pinched nerves are commonly associated with back pain, they can in fact occur anywhere on the body.  A herniated disc in your lower back may put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in pain running down the back of your leg (sciatica).   A pinched nerve in your wrist may result in pain or numbness in your hand, more commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

You can recognize a pinched nerve through symptoms such as numbness or decreased sensation in the area affected by the nerve.  You may also experience sharp pain that radiates outward, or a tingling, “pins and needles” sensation.   Muscles may twitch involuntarily.  These symptoms may get worse during sleep.

There are a number of conditions which may contribute to a pinched nerve.  Injury, poor posture, the stress from a repetitive job, hobby, or sport…even obesity can play a part in the cause of pinched nerve problems.

If a pinched nerve is treated in a timely manner, there is usually no permanent damage.  If the nerve remains pinched for an extended period, chronic pain and permanent nerve damage may result.

The Back and Neck Institute can eliminate your pain and get you back to doing the things you love. We've been helping pain sufferers like you in Jacksonville and Orange Park FL for over 35 years. Call us today at (904) 269-2437 to schedule your consultation!

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