Symptoms Of Pinched Nerves
A network of nerves spreads through the spine and out to the rest of our bodies, so a pinched nerve can occur anywhere along the course of our nervous system. Symptoms of a pinched nerve can occur at the location where the nerve is compressed, but also at an area some distance away (ie. arms and legs). Symptoms may include: burning/shooting pain in arms or legs, numbness/tingling, muscle spasms, neck/low back pain, decrease in range of motion, and more. There are a number reasons why nerves may be pinched, some of them include (but are not limited to): disc herniations, subluxations, spinal degeneration, arthritis, and injury.
Depending on the location of the pinched nerves, patients often complain of pain in the region. Nerves can be pinched anywhere along the spine. Pinched nerves in the neck region will cause neck pain and pinched nerves in the low back region can cause low back pain.
When our nerves get pinched, our body recognizes the problem and responds cramping the muscles around the area to ‘protect’ from further damage. If left alone, chronic muscle spasms can cause degeneration to the spine and further worsen th problem.
The nerves from our spine exit and supply our arms/hands (from the neck) and the supply our legs/feet (from the lower back). Therefore, pinched nerves in the spine can cause pain to shoot and travel to the arms and legs.
How to know if you have a Pinched Nerves
Pinched nerves can cause an array of symptoms including (but not limited to): Neck/Low back pain, numbness/tingling in the hands and feet, muscular spasms, burning pain, loss of normal range of motion, and muscle weakness. Patients with low back pinched nerves often find it painful to perform tasks such as: repetitive bending, mopping, sweeping, lifting, getting up from seated position and others. Patients with pinched nerves in the neck may find it painful to perform tasks such as: turning the neck, driving, sleeping, straining the neck, looking up, gripping with hands (ex. pen or cup), and more.