A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve's function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
A pinched nerve can occur at a number of sites in our body. A herniated disk in our lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of our leg. Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in our hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).
With rest and other conservative treatments, most people recover from a pinched nerve within a few days or weeks. Sometimes, surgery is needed to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.
SYMPTOMS OF PINCHED NERVE
Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve
- Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward
- Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep"
The problems related to a pinched nerve may be worse when we are sleeping.
CAUSES OF PINCHED NERVE
A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure (compression) is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues.
In some cases, this tissue might be bone or cartilage, such as in the case of a herniated spinal disc that compresses a nerve root. In other cases, muscle or tendons may cause the condition.
In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, a variety of tissues may be responsible for compression of the carpal tunnel's median nerve, including swollen tendon sheaths within the tunnel, enlarged bone that narrows the tunnel, or a thickened and degenerated ligament.
A number of conditions may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves, including:
- Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
- Stress from repetitive work
- Hobbies or sports activities
If a nerve is pinched for only a short time, there's usually no permanent damage. Once the pressure is relieved, nerve function returns to normal. However, if the pressure continues, chronic pain and permanent nerve damage can occur.
HOMEOPATHIC TREAENT FOR PINCHED NERVE
COLOCYNTHIS 200—Very effective for sciatic nerve pain.There is dull, stitching , shooting pain, like lighting shocks, in the hip which comes suddenly and shoot down to the posterior part of the thigh or to knee or foot, especially left side. Pain is relieved by heat and hard pressure but worse from touch or motions.
MAGNESIUM PHOS 200---Useful for pinched nerve pain which is relieved by warmth is the leading symptom of the remedy. There is unbearable, shooting, cutting, stitching in nature, shifting , better by rest , worse at night.Useful for the parts which is tender to pressure and numb. Pains sometimes tense in paroxysms, compelling her to cry out.
HYPERICUM PERFORATUM 200—Useful for pinched nerve where there is excessive painfulness . Very effective remedy for nerve pain with tingling, burning and numbness.Vwry useful medicine for nerve pain after injury to nerves, especially fingers, toes, nails. Shooting pains from the injured part. Injury to brain and spinal cord. Back pain due spinal injury. It is best for traumatic neuralgia and neuritis.
KALMIA LATIFOLIA 200—Useful for pinched nerve when numbness along with nerve pain occurs.Very useful for Neuralgic pains, shoot downwards with numbness .Useful for pains along the ulnar nerve, goes into third or fourth fingers.Most effective for left side pain.
CHAMOMILLA 200-Very useful for pinched nerve when there is unbearable pain associated with numbness.Most recommended for irritable and sensitive person.Useful when irritability is accompanied by violent anger. The patient feels pain more than it is in actual. Pain worse on touch.