A pinched nerve can lead to discomfort, difficulty sleeping, and irritability, and is most commonly experienced as pain in the neck and back. Although a pinched nerve may heal on its own, it is advisable to seek medical attention if the symptoms persist for more than a month. This will enable you to explore available treatment options.

What is a Pinched Nerve?

Inflammation of surrounding tissues can cause a pinched nerve, which can result from bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons in the affected area. An injury or a slipped disc in the spine can also cause a pinched nerve. Excess weight gain can add pressure on the affected area and cause a pinched nerve.

What are the Symptoms?

Pinched nerve symptoms vary, and individuals experience pain in different parts of the body. Common symptoms include numbness or reduced sensation in an area of the body, sharp shooting pains, pins and needles, and muscle weakness.

How can it be Treated?

There are various treatment options available for a pinched nerve. Rest and application of heat or cold can reduce inflammation in the affected area. A physician may recommend a non-surgical treatment plan to manage the symptoms for more severe cases. Physical therapy is usually effective in relieving chronic pain and discomfort in severe cases.

If you suspect a pinched nerve, consider trying these exercises to alleviate the pain:

  • Chin extension: Place interlocked fingers behind your head while seated and slowly move your chin down and to the right, then repeat on the left side.
  • Twist: Sit with legs shoulder-width apart, place the left hand on the right knee, and stretch the body forward to stretch the back muscles. Repeat on the other side.
  • Side bends: Stand up, place your hands on your hips, and lean both sides of the body to stretch the lower back while maintaining a straight posture.
  • Shoulder shrugs: Stand with both arms at your sides, and repeatedly shrug your shoulders.
  • Bench press: Lay on your back while holding a broom across your chest. Lift the broom upwards until your arms are extended, and your shoulders are straight. Repeat.

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