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What is a trapped nerve?

December 14, 2012

A trapped nerve is the term used for a nerve that is under pressure causing pain or limited function. Sometimes, the nerve can become trapped through certain movements or positions, which can inflame the soft tissues surrounding the nerve. This can be be from tendons, cartilage, ligaments or muscles.

For some people, the trapped nerve can become trapped from many different reasons. In some situations, a trapped nerve can occur after making a awkward movement, however, some people experience a trapped nerve from swelling that can compress a nerve. Due to accidents, a bone can change position and also cause a trapped nerve.

The human body has many nerves, and each one has the possibility of becoming trapped and causing pain. However, there are certain parts of the body that are more at risk to having a trapped nerve such as the lower back and legs.


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