The most common culprits of pinched nerves seen by medical professionals are bad posture at work or during sleep, herniated or ruptured disc, sports injury, obesity, pregnancy, whiplash injury, etc. Mild irritation of the nerve is usually responded to rest and/or over-the-counter pain medications.

If you have moderate to severe symptoms of nerve ache in neck shoulder arm, visiting your healthcare specialist right away might be beneficial. Over-the-counter pain medications and heat packs relieve the symptoms locally but do not treat the cause of the problem.

Each nerve is responsible for sending information to or from specific parts of the body. Symptoms of the pinched nerve can either occur at the site of injury or peripherally along the path of the nerve.

The common symptoms of a pinched nerve are pain, either constant or radiating type along the course of the nerve, numbness that can lead to injuries from touching tot or cold objects, tingling or pins, and needles sensation, and even weakness of the muscles supplied by that nerve leading to short term or long term disability.

Pinched nerves in the lower back are common L5 and S1 nerves. When the L5 nerve is affected, you will feel numbness in the top of your foot weakness in the big toe, and the inability to raise your foot towards the sky. The S1 nerve damage causes weakness in the calf muscles and numbness in the outer aspect of the foot.

Even armpits, elbows, and wrists can be the site of origin, and the part of the arm distal to these experiences the symptoms of pinched nerves. Hence, the symptoms of the pinched nerve may not be the problem, but a pointer towards the root of the problem.