Pinched Nerve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A pinched nerve causes pain or impaired function when a nerve is under so much pressure that its ability to carry signals is hindered. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about pinched nerves in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerves function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.

A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. A herniated disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg.

Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include:

Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve

Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward

Tingling sensations, and

Muscle weakness in the affected area

The problems related to a pinched nerve may be worse when youre sleeping.

See your doctor if the signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve last for several days and dont respond to self-care measures. Most people recover from a pinched nerve within a few days or weeks. Sometimes, surgery is needed to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.