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. Don't ignore these warning signals.
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 more quickly you'll find relief.
The name may be scary, but electrical stimulation works well for some types of nerve pain. Treatments range from electrotherapy you can do at home to surgical procedures. Learn more about the approach and how it can help.
Conditions: Nerve pain
Symptoms: Muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, pins and needles
In some cases, you can't reverse the damage from a pinched nerve. But treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms.
Causes of Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve occurs 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.
Nerves are most vulnerable at places in your body where they travel through narrow spaces but have little soft tissue to protect them. Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as: