If you’ve had back or neck pain that didn’t go away on its own, your doctor has probably told you about pinched nerves. In fact, most people tend to dismiss most of their back pain as a “pinched nerve.” And while the condition is common, it is often the result of any type of degenerative spine condition that causes pain and other symptoms. A pinched nerve in the spine can be difficult to treat because there are so many potential causes for nerve compression.
A pinched nerve is a nerve under pressure, whether from swelling around it or a mechanical issue in the spine. A nerve under enough pressure will lose its ability to carry accurate signals, and its wayward signals can cause a variety of sensations in the body. For example, when a nerve is pinched or compressed, it can trigger the nerve to falsely signal pain. The compression also can limit the nerve’s ability to control the muscles it serves.