Pinched Nerve

What is Pinched Nerve?

Most of us have experienced the numbness of a limb when we realise we have been lying on it the wrong way. The numbness we feel eventually gives way to “pins and needles” a tingling sensation in the affected area. In fact any pressure applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissue will produce this discomfort and will interrupt the nerve’s functioning.

What are the Symptoms of Pinched Nerve?

Tenderness, tingling, or numbness in one part of your body, often a limb. Pins and needles, burning, or tearing pain where a nerve is being irritated

What are the Causes of Pinched Nerve?

The pinching can occur for many reasons pregnancy, lying on the area, an injury, repetitive motions, or joint disease, to name just a few. Nerves passing over bones are particularly vulnerable. The most typical pinched nerves are the ones which extend down the arms or legs, the nerves in your feet and between your disks in the spine as well as the nerve which travels from your spine to your foot. Another common cause of nerve irritation is a damaged spinal disk commonly known as a slipped disk, Heavy lifting, obesity, and contact sports can contribute to the problem.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Pinched Nerve

You may need to stop or re-organise the activity which is the cause of your uncomfortable condition. Your doctor may suggest wearing a splint, brace, or some other support and may also recommend a physical therapist to help you reinforce the muscles in the affected area.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Pinched Nerve

Herbal Therapies – Try a tea combining equal parts of St.-John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Homeopathy – For low-back pain that feels better when warmth is applied, try Rhus toxicodendron. Taking Arnica when your back pain follows an injury may lessen symptoms. Professional advice is required for proper dosages.