Are Pinched Nerves Getting on Your Nerves?

Everybody’s experienced it. You’re wide-awake and ready to get on with your day, but there’s just one problem: your leg’s asleep. As the world moves past you, you stay put, having to sit there and wait for your leg to finally get the message that it’s time to roll. Fortunately, in most cases, the message is finally received and you can go back to taking on the world. Unfortunately, sometimes that tingly, numb feeling stays. If you’ve experienced this, you may be dealing with pinched nerves.

The Root of it All

Pinched nerves are persistent, prickly and sometimes present burning sensations that commonly occur in high-pressure spots around the body. Frequent areas include places where movement is controlled, such as:

  • Wrists – using a computer mouse, typing, writing
  • Elbows – placing arms on armrests, leaning
  • Knees – crossing legs, sitting incorrectly
  • Neck – turning too quickly, stiff neck, sleeping awkwardly

When extra pressure is placed upon these areas, it can cause irritation to both the nerve and its protective covering. This acts like a roadblock on the freeway, causing the nerves to lose proper communication with the brain. This detour makes the tingling sensation take over and sometimes never go away.

Avoiding recurring movements to the frequent areas, rest, exercise and weight control can all help cope with and occasionally even eliminate pinched nerves. Frequent pinched nerves may signal a bigger and more severely damaging problem, such as spinal injuries, herniated discs, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Total Pain Care Can Help

If the pain does indeed linger, the board-certified specialists at Total Pain Care are here to offer compassionate care while treating your pain to the best of their ability. We can help identify the problem and work towards reaching a satisfactory solution for you with a proper diagnosis and an in-depth pain management plan. Contact the Total Pain Care team in New Jersey to find lasting relief today.

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