Trapped Nerves

Trapped Nerves


Nerves don’t really become trapped – this is another throw away term!

Nerves extend from the brain and spinal cord, sending important messages throughout your body and firing muscles. If one of the joints in the spine – the facet joint – suffers a sprain you can imagine the swelling when you compare it to an ankle. There most certainly will be pain. There may also be long lasting problems if nothing is done to remedy the situation. With inflammation come chemicals that rush to the scene to clean up. This increased activity and increased fluid can cause nerves to be compromised or unable to repair due to lack of good circulation.

The pressure may also be the result of repetitive motions or bad posture.

Nerves are vulnerable where they travel through narrow spaces but have little soft tissue to protect them. Pain can include low back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, numbness in hands and fingers, sciatica. If left unresolved the risk is that the damage will be harder to reverse due to scarring and adhering of tissues.

Nerves don’t really become trapped, as they travel out of the spinal canal to the arms, legs, fingers or feet, they have to go under, over and through structures to get to their final destination. Thus the nerves don’t always have a clear pathway. Any one of these structures can compress a nerve resulting in pain. This is then further aggravated by the bodies protective inflammatory reaction which in turn causes more pain and irritation to the nerve and the surrounding muscles and ligaments.