Pinched nerves, which occur when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage or muscles, can be painful and irritating. Understanding if you’re at an increased risk of one day experiencing a pinched nerve is the best way to prevent it. Here are five risk factors:
- Posture. Proper posture decreases the pressure to your spine and nerves.
- Bone spurs. Conditions like osteoarthritis can cause you to develop bone spurs. They can stiffen the spine and narrow the space where your nerves travel.
- Overuse. Activities that involve extensive use of your hands, wrists, and shoulders can increase your risk of a pinched nerve.
- Obesity. Having excess weight adds more pressure from muscles and body tissue onto your nerves.
- Pregnancy. Weight gain from pregnancy can swell your nerve passages and pinch your nerves.
Source from Health Connections, a publication of Commonwealth Health