What Are Trapped Nerves?

What are Trapped Nerves?

Nerves are critical yet delicate structures in our body that, when compressed or irritated, can cause intense pain and discomfort. Imagine stepping barefoot on a Lego block—small but excruciating. This is similar to the discomfort a trapped nerve can cause, persistently troubling you.
Trapped nerves typically arise from pressure, reduced blood flow, or inflammation. This could be due to tight muscles in the back or neck, or a herniated disc. Symptoms might manifest as sciatica affecting the leg, or pain that extends to the arms, hands, feet, and even the chest.

Identifying Symptoms of Trapped Nerves

Symptoms vary depending on the nerve’s location and may include:

  • Sharp, shooting pains in the arm or leg. 
  • Tingling sensations or ‘pins and needles’ in the extremities. 
  • Sciatica, characterised by severe pain traveling down the leg to the foot. 

Should You Exercise with a Trapped Nerve?

It’s generally advisable to avoid exercise until you fully understand the underlying cause of the nerve irritation. Disturbing a sensitive nerve without proper guidance can worsen the symptoms.

Diagnosing Trapped Nerves

We typically diagnose a trapped nerve through a detailed medical history and a comprehensive physical exam. Sometimes, an MRI might be necessary to get a clearer view of the issue.

How We Can Help You Manage Trapped Nerves

For symptoms that have recently appeared, a combination of osteopathy or physiotherapy, specific exercises, and expert advice can effectively relieve pain by addressing the mechanical causes of nerve irritation.

For ongoing or disc-related symptoms, a more extended treatment plan, typically 6-8 weeks, may be necessary.

If previous approaches haven’t helped, IDD Therapy could be the solution. This advanced, non-invasive technique has been successful in treating disc bulges and relieving nerve pressure, offering a significant alternative to surgery.

*** One Crucial Piece of Advice ***
If I could offer you only one piece of advice, it would be to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Addressing trapped nerves early can be the key to a quick recovery, preventing the condition from becoming a long-term, challenging issue.


That’s your overview of trapped nerves for this month’s “Focus On“.

If you’re experiencing symptoms or have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The quicker we address these issues, the better your chances of a full recovery.


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