The Symptoms, Treatment and Diagnosis of a Pinched Nerve

Pinched nerves are also known as compressed nerves. Excessive pressure on the surrounding tissues can lead to the condition. Repetitive actions, poor posture, and everyday movements like crossing the legs are known causes. The surrounding tissues include bones, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. When the nerve functions are interrupted our brain sends a signal or what we call symptoms, like pain, muscle weakness, or a sensation of pins and needles.

Information. Pinched nerves in the wrist lead to pain or numbness in the hand or fingers, commonly known as carpal tunnel. A herniated disk is another common pinched nerve disorder of the lower spine. Pain is emitted to the arm or the back of the leg when pressure is applied to the nerve root. Compressed nerves can affect and damage a single nerve or a group of nerves. Extreme weight gain can lead to developing a compressed nerve. Vulnerable nerve areas include the upper limbs (median), the forearm muscles (radial), front area of the thigh (femoral) and the sole of the foot (plantar). A doctor needs to diagnosis the condition to determine the severity of the condition and the location.