A very common phrase I hear; "I've got a trapped nerve!"
But what is it and what causes a trapped nerve/nerve compression?
A trapped nerve is the name given to a particularly uncomfortable sensation of sharp pain/pins and needles/ numbness or weakness caused by an increase in pressure/irrigation or damage to normally a peripheral nervous system.
Nerves can my impinged/trapped by a whole number of ways including; disc compression of the nerve root, facet joint impingement or damage to surrounding soft tissue.
Common areas are; Carpal Tunnel at the wrist, ulnar nerve at the elbow, sciatic nerve, cervical spine, common peroneal nerve (lower lateral leg) and lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (upper thigh).
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