The most commonly used remedy for a pinched nerve is rest for the affected region. Dr. William L Yancey will request that you refrain from engaging in any activities that may cause or worsen the compression. Depending on the region of the pinched nerve, you may need to immobilize the area with a splint, collar or brace. Since your wrist flexes during sleep, your doctor may suggest you wear a splint during the day and at night if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is a pinched nerve?
Nerves are fiber bundles that carry signals throughout the body. Sometimes an individual may feel a pinched nerve, also known as nerve compression. The intensity of a pinched nerve varies, which means that some people experience temporary numbness while others experience more intense, consistent pain. This condition occurs when a nerve is confined to elevated pressure or force. Compression can occur due to repetitive motions or holding a body part in one position for an extended period. For example, you may curl up your arm while sleeping, putting pressure on the same nerve for a few hours every night. Some nerves are more vulnerable than others. Tissue does not adequately protect nerves in confined spaces. Because they are not well protected or padded, these nerves are more susceptible to compression. A pinched nerve is most commonly found between ligaments, tendons, and bones.
Common indications of a pinched nerve
Pain that radiates outward is the most common sign or symptom. It is typically defined as an intense, burning, or aching sensation. Numbness, a loss of sensation in the area, and tingling are common symptoms. Muscle weakness is a possibility, as are frequent problems with a specific extremity “falling asleep.” When you go to bed, the problems may worsen. You may have symptoms that are not localized, which means the pain or numbness will radiate. If you pinch a nerve in your arm, the pain or numbness may spread to your hands. A pinched nerve in the lower part of the body may cause pain or numbness in your legs, whereas a pinched nerve in the upper part of the body may cause problems with your shoulder or arm. Sciatica is a problem that occurs from a pinched sciatic nerve. It causes pain or numbness that radiates down your legs from the lower back.
The frequency of a pinched nerve
Pinched nerves are frequent; approximately 85 out of every 100,000 adults in the United States are hindered by pinched nerves each year. Pinched nerves can occur at any age, but those aged 50 and older are more likely to have them due to arthritis and deterioration in the spine and other body areas.
Can a pinched nerve cause other problems?
A pinched nerve can be dangerous, causing severe pain or permanent nerve damage. Fluid and swelling can cause permanent nerve damage, so contact your practitioner if your symptoms are severe or not improved after a few days.
It is critical to discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with your doctor to maximize your healing and comfort. If you have any of the indications of a pinched nerve, call Yancey Pain & Spine or schedule your appointment online for diagnosis and treatment.