A pinched – or compressed – nerve occurs when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons or bones. The most common symptom is pain – in the lower back, neck, elbow, hands, wrists or fingers. Additional signs of a pinched nerve include pain that radiates out from the affected area, such as sciatica, and numbness, tingling or weakness.
“A pinched nerve can be minor and require only rest to fully heal,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “But it can also cause severe problems. If you experience any of the above symptoms for a prolonged period of time, you should see your doctor. He or she can determine what next steps are needed to promote healing.”
In addition to medications, physical therapy and splints are also common treatments. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary.
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