An untreated pinched nerve

A pinched nerve can be caused by something as simple as sitting in the same position for too long, crossing your legs or leaning on your elbow. A bulging disc, degenerative spine condition, bone spur or something as serious as a car accident or sports injury can also cause a pinched nerve.

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What you can expect from pinched nerve surgery

If you have been suffering from painful pinched nerve symptoms that persist despite conservative treatment, you might need pinched nerve surgery. Read more to find out exactly what you can expect from pinched nerve surgery.

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What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve during pregnancy?

Many women experience symptoms related to pregnancy such as nausea, swelling, restless legs and heartburn. During pregnancy the body undergoes many changes that can cause a pinched nerve and additional painful symptoms. The average weight gain during pregnancy is 30 pounds, mainly in the abdominal area. This weight gain strains the spine and shifts the center of gravity, which can lead to a pinched nerve. During pregnancy the body retains fluid, which can also create excess pressure and stress on the spine and nerves. The expanding uterus, and in the third trimester when the baby moves into a head down position, both create additional pressure on the lumbar spine increasing the chances of developing a lumbar pinched nerve.

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Can stress cause a pinched nerve?

What is a pinched nerve? A pinched nerve happens when excess pressure is applied to a nerve. Surrounding tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bone or cartilage can cause the pressure. When a nerve is compressed it causes swelling and inflammation at the site of the pinched nerve. The pinched nerve sends signals of pain along the path of the nerve in addition to other symptoms. Pinched nerve symptoms include localized pain, radiating pain, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, numbness and tingling. Because nerves run throughout the body and help to communicate sensory and muscle information, symptoms can travel the path of the nerve. For example a pinched nerve in the lower back can cause symptoms that occur anywhere in the lower back, hips, leg, foot and toes.

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Can ice be used to treat a pinched nerve?

When a nerve is compressed it causes swelling and inflammation along with other painful symptoms. The first line of treatment is typically a combination of conservative treatments including ice therapy.

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Can tingling in fingers be caused by a pinched nerve in the spine?

What is a pinched nerve? The function of the nervous system is to transmit nerve impulses between the brain and body parts. The nerves communicate sensory information as well as muscular information. When a nerve is compressed it is unable to function properly and is called a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can be caused by a bulging disc, a bone spur, a degenerative spine condition or an injury. Pinched nerves can cause a variety of symptoms.

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Can inflammation cause a pinched nerve?

What is a pinched nerve? The network of nerves that run throughout the body help to communicate sensory information to the brain and assist in muscle control in the body. When a nerve is put under excess pressure it is called a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve becomes swollen, inflamed and is unable to function properly causing painful symptoms. A pinched nerve can cause symptoms locally at the site of compression. Symptoms can also radiate along the path of the nerve. For example, a pinched nerve in the neck can cause symptoms that radiate from neck, to the shoulder, arm and into the hand and fingers.

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