Our nerves carry electrical signals from our brain to the rest of our body. These electrical signals contain information about all the things that we must do like how should the heart beat, what to say, I mean everything. One of the complications that these can experienced is called pinched nerves.
Pinched nerves are basically caused by a strong pressure or compression by the surrounding tissues to the nerve/s; when this happen, the pressure causes inflammation of the nerve. This can happen on every part of the body most especially on the back where the spinal column is situated. When pressure affects the nerve, electrical signals can’t immediately travel to the different parts of our body and most of time can cause mild or severe pain on the affected area. If strong pressure exerted on the nerve continues, permanent nerve damage may occur and that may lead to other problems as well.
If there is a pinched nerve on your back, most probably you will feel some kind of stiffness or pain either on your neck or at your back itself and may continue down to the legs. Pinched nerves in a person’s wrist can cause weakness of the hands and the entire arm may also get involved. So generally when someone has a pinched nerve on any part of their body, the most common symptoms are pain, weakness of that part, burning sensation and also numbness. This is mainly contributed to the disturbance in the movement of the electrical signals. Moreover, pain can also occur on distant parts of the body away from the affected area.
There are several risk factors that may contribute to pinched nerves, among them is obesity. Obese people tend to put more pressure on nerves because of excess fat. Poor posture can also increase the risk of pinched nerves most especially on the back. Repetitive and overuse of a certain part of the body may also develop pressure on the nerves. Say for an example, assembly line work requires the worker to make use of their hands to repeat the same process over and over again and that increases pressure on their hands. Heredity can also be blamed. Pinched nerves and other disorders that lead to pinched nerves are hereditary.
As a precautionary measure then, it is important to educate ourselves of the risks of this particular condition. If you have been diagnosed with pinched nerve already, be sure to follow the doctor’s advice and try to change your lifestyle and routines if necessary for recovery.