All About Pinched Nerve


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A pinched nerve is one of the most common reasons for pain of the back, neck or other parts of the body. This painful condition affects thousands of people worldwide and is characterized by numbness as well as decreased sensation in the affected area. Here's more on the causes, symptoms and treatment options for the same.

A 'pinched nerve' is typically triggered by damage or injury of a particular nerve- whether from compression, constriction or stretching. As a result, the nerve is unable to function normally and transmit signals to other parts of the body as required. Sciatica is a form of pinched nerve and currently affects more than 40% of people who suffer from low back pain. Nerve compression can also be caused by a variety of health issues such as arthritis, bone spurs, herniated disks and spinal stenosis.

The condition has many symptoms that are both annoying and difficult to deal with. Severe pain is one of the foremost sign of the pinched nerve syndrome. Along with numbness and decreased sensation; a patient could also experience a tingling or 'pins and needles' feeling in the affected area. Some may even feel a burning or sharp pain that worsens with coughing or sneezing. Twitching may also be felt in the affected area such as the hand or the foot.

Unfortunately, most people like to wait for sometime before consulting a doctor about their condition. However, early diagnosis and treatment is mandatory for a quick and permanent recovery. So, if you've noticed the signs and symptoms of pinched nerve disease for more than a few days, do get in touch with your physician at the earliest possible. Do the same, if you've tried self treatment without receiving any response or indication of improvement.  

The good news is that most people suffering from this condition can make a complete recovery without any long lasting symptoms. This is as long as they strictly adhere to their treatment plan and follow medical advice faithfully. Along with effective medication; certain lifestyle changes such as adequate rest, modified activity, ice and physical therapy; can also help accelerate the recovery process.

When it comes to medical treatments, most doctors recommend a variety of tools and aids to help combat 'pinched nerve' syndrome. A support brace, for instance, is often suggested to limit movement around the nerve in order to facilitate rest and recovery. It also prevents the affected nerve from moving and triggering further complications.

Your diet could also play an important part in treating pinched nerve syndrome. For example, everyday foods such a fruits, beans, dairy, olive or flax oil, fish, whole grains and vegetables can help prevent inflammation of the affected area and reduce pain.

Thus, if you've been diagnosed with the condition, don't simply sit around and suffer in silence. By using the treatment methods described above, you should be able to recover from the condition within a few days or weeks.