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.
What are the treatments for pinched nerve symptoms? This varies widely, depending on how severe the pain is, where it is located, and the actual cause of the pinched nerve. If you are experiencing pain from a repetitive motion at work, many times it may be necessary to stop doing this type of work or make changes to your job so that the repeated motion is lessened. In cases of car accidents, many times physical therapies are recommended to help ease the pain and strengthen the surrounding muscles that are affected.
If you regularly experience a sore neck from working at your computer or desk all day, then perhaps it is wise to take more breaks from your work, or even get advice on some exercises that can stretch the muscles of the neck and ease your pain. Pain medications such as NSAIDS (or aspirin, etc.) are also recommended many times to relieve the swelling of the area causing pain. In more severe cases Cortisone shots may be necessary to ease the pain but this is something your doctor would need to be consulted with before attempting. In any case if you are experiencing any kind of pinched nerve in your body, see a doctor first since it could be something more serious. Don’t take chances with your spinal column or nerves, damage can be irreparable if you wait too long.