The most commonly pinched nerve in the human body is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is comprised of five nerves roots (L4 through S3) that exit the lower spine, and coalesce in the buttock. They, then, descend down the thigh and leg to the foot. Pinching of any of these 5 nerves roots, in the spine, results in “sciatica”, which is defined as, “pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve”.
But other common pinched nerves, include nerves in the neck, which will radiate pain into the shoulder blade, mid-back and arm.
The usual cause of such pinched nerves is disc herniations. Discs are like cushions between the bones/vertebrae. These discs are also a little like jelly donuts, in that the inner content of the disc can exit through the outer disc encircling fibers. And there are many nerves in the spinal canal, as well as the spinal cord, behind the disc, which can get pinched if the inner contents escape.
When discs herniate, the herniated material, which can consist of nucleus, ligament, cartilage, and even bone, can pinch nerves, causing inflammation and pain of the nerve, and the nerve function can be affected, with muscle weakness, reflex diminution and tingling and numbness too.
Getting pressure off of the nerve is essential to improving. To the extent that a treatment can do that, the treatment will be effective. If the treatment doesn’t do that, it won’t help.
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