Pinched nerve symptoms

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness, "pins and needles" or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area.

Numbness, a loss of feeling or sensation, usually arises from damage to the nerves. Numbness is often associated with abnormal pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles or burning sensations; these are called paresthesias.

Numbness is loss of sensation whereas paralysis usually involves both the loss of the ability to move the area and loss of sensations.

Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling,

burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias" or "dysesthesias.". They usually result from nerve damage due to pressure (such as a pinched nerve), nerve entrapment, or diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to numbness.

Pain is also a pinched nerve symptom.

In its most severe form, a pinched nerve will lead to muscle weakening and eventual atrophy. An example might be a foot drop from either a central lumbar nerve root compression or a a more peripheral peroneal nerve>

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