An aching back, or stiff neck, or leg pain, maybe a sign of a pinched nerve. A pinched or compressed nerve is sometimes caused by a herniated disk that can slip out between vertebrae, which presses on the spinal nerve causing leg pain or numbness. Most pinched nerves originate in the neck, middle, or lower back. Pinched nerves can also happen in the hand, wrist, or elbow (tendon inflammation on the median nerve in our arms).
Pinched Nerve Symptoms
Having a pinched nerve can cause the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Radiating or stabbing pain
- Pins and needles, or falling asleep sensation
- Numbness or decreased sensation near the nerve
Anyone can experience a pinched nerve but they are more common in people over 50 years of age. Pinched or compressed nerves are sometimes caused by degeneration of the spine or arthritis.
Ignoring a pinched nerve can lead to chronic pain and nerve damage. Try to avoid or reduce swelling, which can do irreversible damage to nerves.