Nowadays, back and spine problems are widespread, and in many cases, a pinched nerve is the culprit. The term is common and the disorder generally can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. It’s a painful disorder that typically occurs in the lower back, and neck and shoulders. There are risk factors for a pinched nerve, such as obesity and arthritis, but many people neglect to see a doctor for the problem. Experts say if the symptoms persists, and you continuously seek help with back pain Bend OR residents should get evaluated as soon as possible.

What Is A Pinched Nerve? 

There are nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord, down to the feet. One particular nerve that starts from the spine and extends to the arms and legs is called the peripheral nerve. These nerve fibers are bundles into millions of cells that leave the spinal cord and send signals that allow the movement of the muscles and the sensitivity of the skin.

This peripheral nerve is often compared to a fiber optic cable, with hundreds of individuals fibers sheathed inside. The inside of this “cable” carries liquids from the body of the nerve cells that feed and restore the constantly changing segments within our body. If the nerve is pinched, the ascending or descending flow inside the hose is reduced or blocked, meaning that the nutrients stop flowing. All the signals begin to slow down, and the muscle can not contract. It causes pain, usually in the upper or lower back, neck or sometimes causes numbness.

Getting Relief from A Pinched Nerve 

Pinched nerves can be treated with medication, physical therapy, a cortisone injection, or surgery. The purpose of the treatment includes: To reduce inflammation of the nerve by shrinking the inflamed tissue around it; Mobilize the nerve through the scar tissue that may have developed around the inflammation; Remove a disc and/or bone spurs that press on the nerve; Sometimes the nerves can be pinched and the only symptoms are numbness and weakness in the arm or leg, without any corresponding pain; however, if these symptoms persists, an evaluation by a doctor is necessary.

Are There Home Remedies That Help?

There are several simple home remedies that can help relieve symptoms, but keep in mind, these remedies only mask the real problem. Eat foods rich in potassium. Potassium deficiency sometimes contributes to compressed nerves. Bananas and avocados are excellent sources of potassium, and you can also take supplements. Perform a regular physical activity. Start with light aerobic activities such as short walks or swimming. Experts recommend 30 minutes a day of low impact activities such as cycling or yoga. Yoga is especially helpful because it increases flexibility and improves range of motion, which is ideal as we age. Doctors also recommend consulting a physiotherapist for advice that will give you a program to increase flexibility and reduce back strain. Lastly, experts point out the most important step everyone should take is to have regular physicals.