A spinal nerve that is subject to compression or constriction
gives rise to a condition known as a Pinched Nerve. The nerves
serve as communication sensors that carry messages to and
from the different parts of the body to the brain, and vice-versa.
A spinal nerve that is “pinched” is rendered unable
to send all the necessary neurological signals, and this impairs
the sensory motor to auto responses in the part of the body
connected to that nerve.
Causes of Pinched
Various back problems can
result in nerve compression. The two most common causes of
a pinched nerves are the following:
1.) Herniated disc –
this can protrude from a gap in the vertebrae, a space normally
reserved for nerves intertwining through the spinal column.
The compressed space can put pressure on the trapped nerve,
pressing it against the hard vertebral surface. Some protrusions
push directly against the spinal canal, constricting several
nerves still within the spine. This type of pinched nerve
disorder is minor and can be remedied with conservative treatment.
2.) Bone Spurs – as
people grow older, they develop degenerative bone diseases
like Osteoarthritis, one of the types of arthritis that can
cause the formation of bone spurs. These bone spurs can pinch
spinal nerves, resulting in either a long-term ailment, or
a disorder which may heal on its own without administering
Pinched Nerve Symptoms
Symptoms stemming from a pinched
nerve depend on several factors: the location of the affected
nerve, the severity of compression, and the length of time
the nerve has been compressed.
Pinched nerve symptoms include
pain, tingling, numbness and a feeling of weakness in the
affected area. As nerves are highly charged stimuli receptors,
the first symptom of a pinch nerve will be pain. Continued
compression will result in a “pins and needles”
sensation, signalling the deterioration of nerve reception.
In some instances a type of
burning sensation may be felt. As time progresses, the body
part served by the compressed nerve will experience some form
of weakness, and finally an onset of numbness in the affected
body part occur.
Treatment for Pinched
A majority of pinched nerve
disorders automatically heal by themselves and do not require
any treatment. Recovery is usually complete and the sufferer
may only need mild relief from compressed nerve symptoms.
There are cases when a compressed
nerve will cause chronic symptoms and in these instances,
treatment will be necessary. Pinched Nerve syndrome is normally
considered a temporary disorder and radical treatment is not
advisable, unless diagnosed with the critical Cauda Equine
Syndrome or other severe nerve-related ailments that need
immediate medical attention.
Some of the treatment options
for compressed spinal nerves may include medication, physical
therapy, injections, ice or heat therapy and as a last resort,
surgery. (Refer to the Treatment page for more detailed information
on pain relief).
for Pinched Nerves
As pinched nerve syndrome
is a temporary condition requiring little or no treatment,
most medical professionals will recommend using only conservative
remedies such as a back support, view below.
Indicated for central
backache, trapped back nerves and/or pain radiating as far
as the buttock. Reduces unwanted twisting movements. Useful
for those working in a manual occupation where lifting may
the back support
Chiropractic sessions, acupuncture
and massage are ideal remedies for pain relief, and are preferable
to pumping chemical-based painkillers into the body.