Pinched Nerve Symptoms
by Melissa Martin
A pinched nerve occurs when pressure from surrounding tissues inhibits the normal function of a nerve. Improper posture, repetitive hand movements and osteoarthritis are common causes. Any area of the body can be affected by a pinched nerve.
Numbness and Tingling
A feeling of numbness in the affected area is a common symptom of a pinched nerve. Tingling sensations may also occur and hands and feet may feel as though they have "fallen asleep."
Pain is often sharp or burning and tends to radiate outward. If the pinched nerve affects the spinal cord, coughing and sneezing may intensify pain.
A pinched nerve often results in muscle weakness and twitching near the affected area.
The most common treatment for a pinched nerve is rest. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may be taken to relieve pain. A doctor may recommend wearing a splint or collar for certain injuries.
If pain continues for more than a few weeks, physical therapy may be recommended to stretch and strengthen muscles. In some cases, surgery to remove pressure from the nerve may be necessary.