Pinched Nerve – A Common Cause of Neck and Back Pain
If you or a loved one suffer from unexplained pain or numbness it can make daily activities extremely difficult. Many people experience pain that radiates down their leg, or a quick stabbing sensation in their shoulder. Learning to “live” with pain is never a solution. If you are experiencing chronic pain it is important to rule out a pinched nerve(s) in order to treat your condition before it become worse.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve can be caused by a number of things. Many times people experience a pinched nerve due to inflammation of surrounding tissues. This could be caused by bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons in the affected area. Another common cause for a pinched nerve is injury or a slipped disc in your spine. Pinched nerves can even occur due to drastic weight gain and added pressure on the affected area.
It is important to note that if you are experiencing pain in your leg, arm or shoulder, the root cause of a pinched nerve is often times located around your spine. The most common cases of a pinched nerve is experienced in severe back or neck pain.
What are the Symptoms?
Pinched Nerve symptoms tend to vary since everyone experiences the pain in different areas but here are a list of common issues that may present themselves in the case of a pinched nerve.
- Numbness or decreased sensation in an area of your body
- Sharp shooting pains
- Pins and needles
- Muscle weakness
Can a Pinched Nerve be Prevented?
There are ways to prevent a pinched nerve. Overall health is key which means eating clean, exercising and stretching daily, and maintaining a healthy weight.
How does it Cause Neck and Back Pain?
Throughout the body, you have nerves acting as input and output for your brains commands. When extra pressure is added to one or more of these nerves, the affected nerve sends an output signal to the brain often resulting in pain signals.
How can it be treated?
There are many ways to treat a pinched nerve. In many cases, rest and applying heat/cold can help decrease inflammation in the area. If your pinch nerve is a more severe case, you may need physical therapy and in the most severe cases, surgery may be required to relieve the pressure.
At Ramos Center, we focus on functional pain management. This is a holistic approach to overall health and we will help our patients find a path that works for them. This entails meeting with a nutritionist, professional trainer, counselor, and doctors. We will work with each patient individually to find a plan that works for them.
For patients with more advanced cases of pinched nerves, we have an amazing staff that will walk you through your options so you can find a solution that will leave you pain free.
Call us today or stop in to ask a question or schedule an appointment! We can’t wait to help you start living your life today!