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Pinched Nerve or Compression of a Nerve and Nerve Damage (Neuropathy)

When there is pressure on various parts of the body either from a bone being out of place, or pressure from repetitive actions, etc. a nerve can get compressed. Another term used for a compressed nerve is a pinched nerve.

Compression (or a pinched nerve) can come from herniated discs in the spine, osteoarthritis, bone spurs, severe muscle injuries, and even prolonged use of tight clothing such as shoes or “skinny jeans”. It can even happen when you hold your body in one position for long periods of time, such as sleeping. And this is one of the reasons that surgeries can cause compression of a nerve and nerve damage, the body is sometimes held in an unnatural position for long periods of time, even for several hours. Nerve compression injury following surgery is common.

The nerves that are the most vulnerable to this compression are those that travel through narrow spaces that do not have a lot of soft tissue to protect them. These spaces are where the nerves go through ligaments, tendons or bone. The area effected all depends on the nerve that is compressed. One example is the sciatica nerve

This compression can result in injury to the nerve directly or indirectly by restricting the supply of oxygen to the nerve. 

Damage to a nerve results in the inability of that nerve to transmit impulses As with any nerve damage, the inability of these nerve impulses can result in the symptoms associated with this damage which is called neuropathy.  

If a sensory nerve is injured, incorrect messages can be sent to the brain giving the feeling that a body part is hot, cold, or that there is pain when there is no reason for the pain. If a motor nerve is injured, it can result in weakness in a muscle as well as lack of coordination because the orders from brain to the muscle are impeded by the damage.

What do you do about this?

A medical doctor will suggest physical therapy or surgery to remove the compression.

A chiropractor can adjust the body so that the nerve is no longer compressed.

Once the compression is relieved, the symptoms may alleviate. If the symptoms don’t alleviate after a period of time, the nerve is probably damaged.

The body needs specific nutrients to be able to make repairs to the nerve. If you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients, the body cannot make the repairs.

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