A Pinched Nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerve
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
- Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward
- Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep"
Causes of Pinched Nerve
There are two main causes of a Pinched Nerve in the neck. They both have to do with spinal discs. Spinal discs are "cushions" located between the vertebral bones of the spine that allow the spine to bend and flex.
The first cause is degenerative disc disease, which tends to occur as you age. The discs start to shrink and become more rigid, which reduces spinal flexibility and narrows the nerve root space in the spinal cord. That puts pressure on the nerves.
The second cause is a slipped, herniated, or ruptured spinal disc. The gel-like center of the disc may start coming out, which can pinch off a nerve. This is the most common cause of pinched nerves in younger people.
Occupational Therapy can also be effective in the treatment of pinched nerves. An Occupational Therapist can fit you for a splint or brace to help reduce movement in the area. They can also recommend and help you with exercises that strengthen muscles and relieve nerve compression.
At Reddy Care Physical and Occupational Therapy, we can get you set up with the right therapist for you. Call today to schedule a consultation!
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