Peripheral Nerve Entrapments
Nerve Entrapments or nerve compression syndrome is defined as weakness, numbness, pain and loss of function at various points of upper and lower parts of the body. This entrapment occurs when a peripheral nerve loses its function as a result of chronic compression. The peripheral nervous system is a network of 43 pairs of motor and sensory nerves that communicate information from the brain to the rest of the body. These nerves control the functions of sensation, movement and coordination. Each nerve has a neural pathway and muscles/ areas it innervates to in the body. It’s important to note nerves don’t stretch but slide and glide between muscles. Therefore, any tightness or dysfunction of the muscles the nerve innervates can alter the nerve’s function causing it to entrap which results in debilitating pain anywhere along the nerve root.
It’s important to seek professional treatment to get any neural condition assessed and addressed as leaving them untreated can cause permanent nerve damage to the area the nerve innervates.