What is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve is when a nerve becomes compressed by surrounding tissues, causing pressure that disrupts nerve function and causes pain, tingling, burning, numbness or weakness.

What causes a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerves can be caused by a number of reasons, including:


• Injury

• Bulging disc, other spinal problems

• Poor posture

• Repetitive motions, like at work

• Arthritis

• Obesity

What are some symptoms of Pinched Nerve?

Common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:


• Pain in the area of compression

• Radiating pain

• Tingling, burning, pins-and-needles sensation

• Numbness

• Weakness


Symptoms tend to occur more at night, making sleeping difficult.

What are some risk factors for a Pinched Nerve?

Risk factors for a pinched nerve include:


• Poor posture

• Bad habits with leaning on elbows or crossing legs

• Bulging, herniated or degenerative disc

• Arthritis

• Thyroid disease

• Pregnancy (fluid retention and weight gain)

• Overuse/repetitive motions (through work, sport or hobby)

• Diabetes

• Genetics/family history

• Obesity

What treatments are available for a Pinched Nerve?

There are several ways to treat a pinched nerve:


• Medication — Anti-inflammatories, narcotics, steroid injections

• Exercise — Physical therapy and healthier lifestyle choices

• Orthotics/braces — To ease compression or improve body positioning, like with carpal tunnel syndrome

• Surgery — To remove scar tissue, disc material, bone spurs