A pinched nerve in medical language is known as nerve compression and can happen to any part of the body. If the nerve gets compressed at its origin in the spine this is known as spinal radiculopathy. When a nerve gets compressed it can cause a range of different symptoms like pain, tightness in the muscles, numbness, pins and needles or weakness in the arms or legs. If you are getting symptoms in your arms or legs because of a nerve root compression it is best to seek immediate help from a physiotherapist as he/she has the expertise to get you back to normal.
Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include:
- Numbness or decreased sensation
- Sharp, aching or burning pain
- Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”