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Managing Neck Pain and Trapped Nerves – Oxford

When one of your nerves is pinched or entrapped, it can result in an array of symptoms including pain, nerve damage and even numbness. A pinched nerve usually occurs as a result of injury to structures adjacent to the nerve and causes this nerve to become trapped in the inflammation in the area. The best known pinched nerve would be the sciatic nerve.

What does trapped nerve mean?

Nerves are part of a complex system which will carry signals to and from the brain. They help make your limbs move, feel hot and cold, and react to pain. When a nerve or the structures surrounding them are injured, this can result in damage, compression, restriction or stretching of the nerve

A pinched nerve in the neck or lower back can be caused by a herniated disc,arthritis, bone spurs, or spinal stenosis while a pinched nerve in the wrist may be due to carpal tunnel syndrome.  The sciatic nerve can be compressed by  disc protrusion, arthritic spur or swelling from a ligament injury resulting in sciatica.

All normal nerve function can be affected by a pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of a trapped Nerve?

A pinched nerve can result in a range of symptoms from mild numbness (think, your arm falling asleep “pins and needles” can be a simple trapped nerve in the neck or shoulder) or chronic back pain from a trapped nerve in the lower back.  Symptoms can include:

  • nerve pain
  • altered sensation such as numbness or pins and needles
  • muscle weakness
  • Slow or absent reflexes
  • loss of bladder or bowel function.

If these symptoms are new you should seek medical attention to ensure that you have an accurate diagnosis. It is important to seek treatment as soon as symptoms start as the quicker treatment starts, the better the prognosis.

Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for neck pain, back pain, and arm or leg pain resulting from trapped nerves.

 

 

 

T  Symptoms include numbness, “pins and needles” or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area.

One of the most common examples of a single compressed nerve is the feeling of having a foot or hand “fall asleep”.

Weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve may be experienced.

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