What Causes Pinched Nerves

What Caused Your Pinched Nerve?...

A pinched nerve (trapped nerve) can be caused by a number of things.

But before I get to these, allow me to differentiate between pinched nerves around the spine and pinched nerves anywhere else in the body...

Pinched Nerve Causes

Maybe you have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is the most common nerve entrapment of the upper body; caused by pinching an important nerve in the wrist. And since we are talking about the upper body, you might also have heard of rotator cuff impingement, which has to do with a pinched nerve in the shoulder area...

For the purpose of this article (this is BeatingBackPain.com...) we shall focus on the pinched nerves that have to do with the lower parts of the body, either around the spine or even lower still.
Pinched Nerves Of The Spine

When one of the nerves coming out of your spine, is pinched or trapped, this could be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, it could also be caused by degenerative disc disease. And these causes have one thing in common: they revolve around the health of your intervertrebral discs - which YOU can influence...

Another cause of pinched nerves could be spinal arthritis, causing vertebrae to sort of collapse a bit, thereby causing entrapment or impingement of nerve(s). Spinal arthritis can be influenced by YOU as well, but that often takes a strong dietary approach which is beyond the scope of the current article.

Then lastly the nerves coming out of your spine could also be pinched by bone spurs or facet disease or facet joint degeneration.

Spinal arthritis, bone spurs and facet joint degeneration are what I would call the graver causes of pinched spinal nerves. It would take at least 3 full articles to go into detail about the possible underlying causes of these conditions and I will not go there now, because I want to focus on the quick win for the majority of people who suffer from pinched nerves...

And I do that because research shows that the majority of pinched nerves in the back have to do with the health of your discs. And the health of your discs can be influenced most easily by YOU yourself...

The last cause I want to mention here for a pinched nerve that is connected especially with symptoms of sciatica has to do with a muscle in your buttock...

Pinched Nerves - In The Buttock

The sciatic nerve can be pinched by a hypertonic piriformis muscle - an overly tight piriformis muscle...

If your piriformis muscle is overly tight it can severely squeeze the sciatica nerve running through it, leading to all the symptoms connected with nerve impingement.

This condition is commonly called the piriformis syndrome, we could also call it the piriformis impingement syndrome...

Fortunately you can do some special exercises that will gently lead your piriformis muscle to relax and let go of the tension and pressure on the nerve. And in the next article I will explain a bit more about this...

But let me get back to...

Pinched Nerves And Disc Health

Why are you fortunate if your pinched nerve has to do with your invertebral discs?...

I'll try to explain it simply: between the vertebrae of your spine we all have soft cushion type discs, keeping the vertebrae apart and allowing shock absorption and movements, like bending, flexing, rotating  and twisting of our spines.

These discs are made of a fibrous outer ring and an inner core of gelatine-like core tissue.

When your discs are healthy, they are thick and full of water (including all necessary nutrients for disc health) which (if all is well) is being sucked continually into the disc by two different processes; called convection and diffusion.

Pinched Nerves - Move & Relax!

To get your spinal discs full of water and nutrients by the process of convection, you need to move, because convection has to do with a spunge type of squeezing out and sucking in of fluids caused by motion of your spine and discs.

If you do not move enough or not right, your discs will lose more and more of their fluids and get drier and thinner over time, causing your vertebrae to get closer and closer to each other, leaving less room for your nerves to come out of your spine untouched and un-pinched so to speak.

The second process by which your spinal discs suck in fluids is by the process of diffusion, this happens when you rest at night, BUT your back muscles MUST be relaxed, else there will remain tension on your spinal muscles, pulling your spine together whilst it should be relaxing.

Proper rest - with relaxed back muscles - allows your spine to elongate over night and it is exactly this elongating that allows the process of diffusion to fill up your discs with the necessary fluids again while you sleep.

Pinched Nerves And Dried Out Discs

Once your discs are too dry and thin, they bulge more easily or they could even fully herniate. And when your discs bulge or herniate, the bulge or herniation itself can already directly pinche a nerve.

I know I am perhaps going quick here, but rest assured, these principles are well researched and documented, and fortunately you do not have to understand it all, before you can reap the benefits of this knowledge.

So let me recap and then take you to the best pinched nerve treatment YOU can give your pinched nerves...

If your discs are too dry and thin, or if they are bulged or herniated, that can straight away lead to pinching of nerves coming out of your spine, with all the connected symptoms. Or if your sciatic nerve is pinched by an overly tight (hypertonic) piriformis muscle, that can also directly lead to all the effects of a pinched nerve.

Like I said before, if any of these two causes are the causes of your pinched nerve you can count yourself lucky, because then you can learn to give yourself the Best Treatment For Pinched Nerves (click anywhere in that title and I'll take you to the next article, where I explain how that works...)

What Caused Your Pinched Nerve?...

A pinched nerve (trapped nerve) can be caused by a number of things.

But before I get to these, allow me to differentiate between pinched nerves around the spine and pinched nerves anywhere else in the body...

Pinched Nerve Causes

Maybe you have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is the most common nerve entrapment of the upper body; caused by pinching an important nerve in the wrist. And since we are talking about the upper body, you might also have heard of rotator cuff impingement, which has to do with a pinched nerve in the shoulder area...

For the purpose of this article (this is BeatingBackPain.com...) we shall focus on the pinched nerves that have to do with the lower parts of the body, either around the spine or even lower still.

Pinched Nerves Of The Spine

When one of the nerves coming out of your spine, is pinched or trapped, this could be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, it could also be caused by degenerative disc disease. And these causes have one thing in common: they revolve around the health of your intervertrebral discs - which YOU can influence...

Another cause of pinched nerves could be spinal arthritis, causing vertebrae to sort of collapse a bit, thereby causing entrapment or impingement of nerve(s). Spinal arthritis can be influenced by YOU as well, but that often takes a strong dietary approach which is beyond the scope of the current article.

Then lastly the nerves coming out of your spine could also be pinched by bone spurs or facet disease or facet joint degeneration.

Spinal arthritis, bone spurs and facet joint degeneration are what I would call the graver causes of pinched spinal nerves. It would take at least 3 full articles to go into detail about the possible underlying causes of these conditions and I will not go there now, because I want to focus on the quick win for the majority of people who suffer from pinched nerves...

And I do that because research shows that the majority of pinched nerves in the back have to do with the health of your discs. And the health of your discs can be influenced most easily by YOU yourself...

The last cause I want to mention here for a pinched nerve that is connected especially with symptoms of sciatica has to do with a muscle in your buttock...

Pinched Nerves - In The Buttock

The sciatic nerve can be pinched by a hypertonic piriformis muscle - an overly tight piriformis muscle...

If your piriformis muscle is overly tight it can severely squeeze the sciatica nerve running through it, leading to all the symptoms connected with nerve impingement.

This condition is commonly called the piriformis syndrome, we could also call it the piriformis impingement syndrome...

Fortunately you can do some special exercises that will gently lead your piriformis muscle to relax and let go of the tension and pressure on the nerve. And in the next article I will explain a bit more about this...

But let me get back to...

Pinched Nerves And Disc Health

Why are you fortunate if your pinched nerve has to do with your invertebral discs?...

I'll try to explain it simply: between the vertebrae of your spine we all have soft cushion type discs, keeping the vertebrae apart and allowing shock absorption and movements, like bending, flexing, rotating  and twisting of our spines.

These discs are made of a fibrous outer ring and an inner core of gelatine-like core tissue.

When your discs are healthy, they are thick and full of water (including all necessary nutrients for disc health) which (if all is well) is being sucked continually into the disc by two different processes; called convection and diffusion.

Pinched Nerves - Move & Relax!

To get your spinal discs full of water and nutrients by the process of convection, you need to move, because convection has to do with a spunge type of squeezing out and sucking in of fluids caused by motion of your spine and discs.

If you do not move enough or not right, your discs will lose more and more of their fluids and get drier and thinner over time, causing your vertebrae to get closer and closer to each other, leaving less room for your nerves to come out of your spine untouched and un-pinched so to speak.

The second process by which your spinal discs suck in fluids is by the process of diffusion, this happens when you rest at night, BUT your back muscles MUST be relaxed, else there will remain tension on your spinal muscles, pulling your spine together whilst it should be relaxing.

Proper rest - with relaxed back muscles - allows your spine to elongate over night and it is exactly this elongating that allows the process of diffusion to fill up your discs with the necessary fluids again while you sleep.

Pinched Nerves And Dried Out Discs

Once your discs are too dry and thin, they bulge more easily or they could even fully herniate. And when your discs bulge or herniate, the bulge or herniation itself can already directly pinche a nerve.

I know I am perhaps going quick here, but rest assured, these principles are well researched and documented, and fortunately you do not have to understand it all, before you can reap the benefits of this knowledge.

So let me recap and then take you to the best pinched nerve treatment YOU can give your pinched nerves...

If your discs are too dry and thin, or if they are bulged or herniated, that can straight away lead to pinching of nerves coming out of your spine, with all the connected symptoms. Or if your sciatic nerve is pinched by an overly tight (hypertonic) piriformis muscle, that can also directly lead to all the effects of a pinched nerve.

Like I said before, if any of these two causes are the causes of your pinched nerve you can count yourself lucky, because then you can learn to give yourself the Best Treatment For Pinched Nerves (click anywhere in that title and I'll take you to the next article, where I explain how that works...)