A pinched nerve refers to the uncomfortable sensation of numbness or pain that develops when increased pressure irritates or damages a peripheral nerve. Almost any nerve is susceptible to this condition, but pinched nerves are typically associated with neck injuries or back pain, according to Medici
Treatments for a pinched nerve include physical therapy, wearing a splint, medications that reduce swelling and inflammation, and undergoing surgery, according to WebMD. Assessing the severity of the pain and the damage to the nerve helps doctors determine the most effective type of treatment.
Common symptoms of a pinched nerve, also known as a compressed nerve, include pain in the affected area of the body, which commonly involves the lower back or neck, according to WebMD. Patients may also experience tingling, numbness, a burning sensation and weakness during activity.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve, such as the back; a sharp or burning pain and tingling, itching, prickling and burning sensations, according to Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms are muscle weakness in the area of the nerve compress
Resting the affected area is the first thing to do when treating a pinched, or compressed, nerve, according to Mayo Clinic. Other treatment options include medications, physical therapy and surgery.
Treatment for a pinched nerve in the back may include over-the-counter pain reliever, oral corticosteroids and steroid injections, according to WebMD. Other treatments that may help a pinched nerve in the back include physical therapy, splinting or surgery.
Pinched or compressed nerves may require one or more types of treatments based on the severity of the condition, such as rest, medications, physical therapy and surgery, according to WebMD. Compression occurs when something presses on the nerve, such as tendons, bones or ligaments.
Resting the area is often sufficient for clearing up the symptoms of a pinched nerve, according to Mayo Clinic. Immobilizing the area with a splint or a brace is also helpful in some situations. In more severe cases, physical therapy, medication or surgery is necessary to reduce or eliminate symptom
Signs or symptoms of a pinched or compressed nerve in the leg or back include low back pain or pain that travels through the leg and foot, according to WebMD. Symptoms can include pain in the area of compression/inflammation, radiating pain, tingling, "pins and needles," a burning sensation or weakn
See a general practitioner, or GP, at the onset of a pinched nerve, which occurs when an increase of pressure causes trauma to a peripheral nerve. A GP sometimes refers the patient to a specialist if the damage found is extensive.