Are you experiencing the symptoms of a pinched nerve? If you aren’t aware of what these symptoms are, you may have them and not even know it. Let’s discuss a few of the pinched nerve symptoms in this article and hopefully find out the truth.
First of all it helps to know how the nervous system works and why there can be so many different symptoms that are related to pinched nerves. The central nervous system is basically an electrical wiring system, similar to a computer but with wires running throughout the spinal column instead of inside your computer. These wires, or nerves, carry electrical impulses throughout the body and send messages to your arms, legs, feet, hands, and everywhere in between.
Of course the largest of these nerves are inside the spinal column, which then branch out to distribute the smaller nerves throughout your body so that these messages get sent to the brain when something is wrong. A pinched nerve, or compressed nerve, can slow down or even stop these messages from getting to the brain. As an example, if you didn’t have nerve endings in your hand and touched a hot surface such as your stove when it’s on, you wouldn’t feel any pain. This would be a very bad situation, right? You could literally burn the skin off your hand and not feel it.
Using this example it is obvious that other problems with messages getting through your nerves, anywhere in the body, can mean serious problems for your health. The most common pinched nerves occur in the neck and back, however there are many others as well. Common problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome occur when nerves in the wrist become pinched and don’t allow signals to get through to the hands. This causes severe pain that inhibits the fingers and hands from working properly, surgery is normally required if the situation continues for very long.
More serious problems occur in the neck and back such as herniated discs, or bulging discs in the neck or back. This can occur through a common accident in a car, a sporting injury, or even from degenerative diseases of the vertebra in the spine. Many people have bad backs due to overuse injuries occurring from a work-related condition such as bending over too much, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, or moving in positions that put too much strain on the neck or back.