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Pinched Nerve Symptoms

by Melissa Martin
  • Overview

    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

    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.
  • Muscle Weakness

    A pinched nerve often results in muscle weakness and twitching near the affected area.
  • Home Care

    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.
  • Other Treatments

    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.

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