What is Pinched Nerve Treatment?
Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord, sending important messages throughout your body. If you have a pinched nerve (nerve compression) your body may send you warning signals such as pain. Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the quicker you’ll find relief.
Causes of Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve happens when there is “compression” (pressure) on a nerve. The pressure may be the result of repetitive motions. Or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping.
Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as:
This can lead to conditions such as:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
These injuries may range from minor temporary damage to a more permanent conditions. If nerve compression lasts a long time, a protective barrier around the nerve may break down.