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Pinched Nerve: Numbness or Pain?

By Dr Paul Wise on Wed, November 26, 2014

Have you heard conflicting information about what a pinched nerve feels like? The truth is, that depending on the nerve involved, and the amount of pressure being placed on the nerve, a pinched nerve can be experienced in a variety of ways. Let’s look at some examples of pinched nerves.

The Sciatic Nerve

Your Sciatic nerves are very wide nerves by comparison to others in your body. They’re also long – extending from your lower back, through your buttocks, thighs, knees, lower legs and into your feet. Compression may occur at almost any point along that nerve. The nerve pain generated when this nerve becomes a pinched nerve is referred to as ‘Sciatica’. It’s often experienced as an ache or pain in the lower back or buttocks; but can also be experienced as a severe pain extending from the buttocks through the thigh and into the knee. It’s probably one type of pinched nerve you’d prefer not to experience!

The Ulnar Nerve

A pinched nerve isn’t always long lasting or slow to develop. Consider the nerve in your elbow – the Ulnar nerve. The nerve is relatively close to the surface. If you’ve ever inadvertently given your elbow a good whack on a door or some other object, you may recall feeling an odd tingling sensation – it’s such a common occurrence you’ve probably heard someone refer to it as “hitting your funny bone”. What’s really going on is that the impact has caused a brief compression of the Ulnar nerve, interrupting the nerve function.

The Median Nerve

When a pinched nerve interrupts the function of a nerve, loss of feeling may also occur. The Median nerve runs through the upper body, arms, and wrist. Injury at different section of this can lead to different problems. An injury by compression in the carpal tunnel area leads to pinched nerve. This is commonly called Carpal Tunnel syndrome, which manifests itself with irregular numbness of your thumb, index, long and radial half of the ring finger. It normally occurs at night, but sometimes it may be so intense you end up waking up. Leaving it untreated could lead to permanent nerve damage, atrophy of some of the Thenar eminence’s muscles, and weakness of your palmar abduction.

Pinched nerves usually occur in the spinal region. This is due to the amount of nerves travelling in the centre spinal cord through gaps in the backbone and vertebrae. This may lead to painful back spasms and numbing sensation in the legs, arms, and lower back.

As nerves and nerve clusters are rooted in the spine, a pinched nerve in one area of the body may be felt in the backbone. The pain from a pinched nerve may also be reflective of other problems. It is best to have your condition checked by your chiropractor in Kew.

Pinched nerves may also lead to other conditions such as peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. The severity may vary from temporary damage to a more permanent one. You do not have to suffer from these ailments. When a pinched nerve interrupts the function of a nerve, loss of feeling may also occur. If you want to know more about your condition, consult your local chiropractor. In Kew, many people visit their nearest chiropractic clinicto understand their symptoms and alleviate pain.

If you think you may be experiencing the effects of a pinched nerve, your Chiropractor Kew might be able to assist. Make an appointment with your local Kew chiropractor today.

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