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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
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
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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