Pinched Nerves Symptoms

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on two basic factors: the location or type of the damaged nerve and the amount of pressure placed on that nerve.

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Cervical Symptoms

A pinched nerve in your neck (cervical spine) can produce localized or radiating pain at any point between your neck and fingers. Typically, pain is worse below your elbow than in areas closer to your neck. A pinched nerve in your cervical spine can also interfere with normal sensation by disrupting the signal passing to or from the affected nerve to your central nervous system. Potential consequences of this disruption include tingling sensations somewhere along the track of the affected nerve, numbness along the nerve track and unusual muscle weakness that appears when you make certain body movements, or in some cases constant muscle weakness.

Thoracic Symptoms

Some of the underlying causes of a pinched nerve are fairly uncommon in your thoracic spine (mid- or upper back). This means that you’re generally less likely to experience pinched nerve- related problems in this area. When problems do occur, their manifestations may include localized pain in the middle or top of your back, pain that extends from your back to your chest and pain that extends from your back to your abdominal region.

Lumbar Symptoms

A pinched nerve in your lower back (lumbar spine) can trigger problems anywhere in your lower body, including your buttocks, upper legs, lower legs and feet. If impingement affects one of the roots of your sciatic nerve, you can develop sciatica, a well-known condition characterized by things such as localized pain somewhere along the sciatic nerve track, pain that radiates downward along parts of the sciatic nerve track or localized numbness or tingling somewhere along the length of the sciatic nerve. Since the sciatic nerve has multiple roots, your exact problems will depend on the specific root that is affected. For example, a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine will cause more pain in your leg(s) than in your back.

Severity of a Pinched Nerve

Most of the problems associated with a pinched nerve will clear up when the source of impingement is corrected. However, if you experience nerve pinching for an extended period of time, you may develop permanent problems. If you experience any symptoms of a pinched nerve for an extended period of time, treatment may be necessary to address any potential pinched nerve causes.

How are Pinched Nerves Treated?

Pinched Nerves treatment depends on you – your specific physiology and how advanced your case is. The North American Spine medical team and your physician will thoroughly evaluate your situation and recommend a treatment plan to provide both maximum relief and minimum recovery time. Treatment plants are grouped into three categories:


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