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A pinched nerve occurs when pressure from surrounding tissues is applied to a nerve. Too much pressure on a nerve disrupts its regular function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.

Pinched nerves can occur at several different places in the body. In some cases, the source of nerve pressure may come from bones or cartilage, such as when a herniated spinal disc compresses a nerve. In other cases, it may be muscles or tendons causing too much pressure.

Oftentimes, pain or numbness from the pinched nerve radiates outwards as a result of the nerve’s regular functions being disrupted.

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Pinched nerves can cause mild or severe symptoms, depending on the level of pressure being applied to the nerve. Typical symptoms of a pinched nerve include:

  • Sharp, burning pain that worsens with certain movements

  • Radiating pain to the extremities

  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve

  • Tingling or “pins and needles” sensations

  • Muscle weakness in the affected area

You may feel relief from pinched nerves in a few days or a few weeks, but in some cases pinched nerves require surgery. The longer a nerve experiences compression, the greater the chance that permanent damage will occur.

For persistent symptoms, it’s important to consult a doctor immediately. For an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, schedule an appointment today.

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The information provided here is not intended for you to self-diagnose. It is our way of letting you know that we understand how to help you. The first step to your relief is to schedule a consultation so we can determine what your underlying condition is and help you to understand your options.

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