A ‘trapped nerve’ is a common condition in which a nerve can be irritated by the chemical or mechanical effects of inflamed tissues. Possible symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness with a combination of radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness down the arm, forearm and fingers
- Low back pain and stiffness with a combination of radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness down the buttock, thigh, legs and feet.
- Because there are many injuries that can cause a ‘trapped nerve’ it is worthwhile visiting an osteopath to determine the root cause of the symptoms. If it cannot be established by the osteopath, an x-ray, MRI scan or ultrasound may be required to confirm the diagnosis. A treatment plan can then be devised to reduce the pain and discomfort as well as help to prevent a recurrence.
One common form of trapped nerve is Sciatica.