A pinched or compressed nerve is an injury that can occur in many different areas of the body. It occurs when nearby bones, muscles, tendons, or cartilage put an excess of pressure on a nerve. Oftentimes, a pinched nerve can be resolved with rest and at-home treatments. But, if the injury escalates, it may require more extensive treatment. This is why it’s important to identify symptoms of a pinched nerve before the injury becomes more severe.
Pinched Nerve Symptoms
The symptoms of a pinched nerve can depend on the location and severity of the injury. However, the main symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Pain in the part of the body with the pinched nerve (i.e. the lower back or neck)
- Numbness or reduced sensation in the part of the body affected by the nerve
- Muscle weakness in the affected part of the body
- Burning or pins and needles sensation
- Often feeling that an extremity has “fallen asleep”
How To Prevent Pinched Nerves
There are multiple factors that can put you at a heightened risk of getting a pinched nerve. These include injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, bone spurs, overuse, obesity, and certain sports or hobbies. With these risk factors in mind, there are ways to reduce your likelihood of getting a pinched nerve, such as:
- Staying at a healthy weight
- Strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles
- Avoiding repetitive motions and activities
- Taking breaks while completing repetitive motions and activities
- Practicing good posture and positioning (for example, don’t lie in a single position for too long)
If you’re experiencing symptoms of a pinched nerve, seeking prompt care is in your best interests. Working with one of the experienced doctors at Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine can help you achieve relief from pinched nerve symptoms. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.