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Prolapse of intervertebral disc closeupThere is no denying that the pain from a pinched nerve can be intense and, in some cases, be debilitating. The pain is acute and affects the back or neck. The pain is unmistakable, but some people wonder if they are suffering from a pinched nerve or something else. Do not fret about this; being confused about pain is normal and to be expected. The following information should help you figure out what’s going on. The information is brought to you by experienced, knowledgeable, and certified physicians.

What Does it Mean to Have a Pinched Nerve?

The body is an incredibly complex machine. It is made up of several parts that work together as a whole. A system of nerves is connected to the spine. These nerves serve as a link to the brain and communicate with the rest of the body with lighting speed. A pinched nerve means that one of these nerves is compressed by a bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon. This compression puts pressure on the nerve, which is quite delicate. This pressure is the pain that people feel when they have a pinched nerve. The solution may involve spinal decompression through surgery though this is just one option. The point of the surgery is to restore spinal disc height, which usually helps alleviate the pain.

Symptoms That may Result From a Pinched Nerve

The symptoms you might experience are perhaps the best way to diagnose this issue. For one, the pain will feel as if it is originating from one place almost like the epicenter of an earthquake. The feeling could be painful, but it can also be numbing, tingly, or have a burning sensation. Some people just experience a weakness in the area where the nerve is pinched. The most common locations are the neck, back, or lower back. Those with a pinched nerve might feel more pain when they move. For example, a pinched nerve in the neck may feel worse when you move your neck from left to right.

Common Nerve Compression Locations

It is likely that the pinched nerve will be near the bones, ligaments, or tendons. These areas are usually overworked, which makes compression likely. The compression usually happens because a disc or discs slips out of place in the spine.

Conditions Linked or Associated With Pinched Nerves

One condition associated with nerve compression is sciatica. This condition occurs because the sciatic nerve is compressed. The nerve is near the bottom part of the spine, which is where the discomfort is initially felt. The pain may travel down toward the buttocks and the legs or feet. Another reason why compression occurs is because the body is forced to repeat a motion numerous times. Compression also happens because the body was kept in one position for a long period of time.

If compression is left untreated, it can lead to nerve damage, meaning that no one should put off scheduling an appointment. You can schedule a consultation with Jeffrey M. Epstein to start your journey toward relief.