PINCHED NERVE

 

Description

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons

Symptoms

  • Numbness
  • Sharp, aching or burning pain
  • paresthesia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”

Cause

  • Injury
  • Poor posture
  • Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
  • Stress from repetitive work
  • Hobbies or sports activities
  • Obesity

Risk factors

  • Posture
  • Sex
  • Bone spurs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Overuse
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity

Diagnostic Tests

  • Nerve conduction study
  • Electromyography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Treatment

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Lifestyle management

  • Maintain good posture
  • Incorporate strength and flexibility exercises
  • Limit repetitive activities
  • Maintain a healthy weight