Pinched nerves can be a very frustrating and painful conditions. Pinched nerves occur when a nerve becomes compressed by either tight muscles, degenerative joint disease, or soft tissue adhesions. Possible symptoms include pain in the area around the nerve, muscle weakness, numbness and/or tingling sensations. Common locations for pinched nerves include the wrist, elbow and back. Conserative measures such as chiropractic care are best to help muscles relax and open joints to alleviate the prssure placed on the nerve. When the pressure on the nerve removed the troubling symptoms may persist or possibly worsen. Medication may be effective in some cases for pinched nerves by easing the pain or irritation, and in severe cases surgery may be the only solution.
As your spine ages and begins to wear down, the discs between the vertebrae decrease in height. This moves each vertebrae closer to the next. Bone growths (spurs) begin to form on the vertebrae near the joints that connect the vertabrae together. This can cause narrowing (stenosis) of the canal where the nerves exit. These bone spurs can press against a nerve. Ligaments tend to thicken as we age and they, as well, can press against a nerve.