A simple Google search of “pinched nerve” brings over 1.5 million hits. That’s a whole lot of content out there on one topic!
The problem is that if you actually just take a moment and think about the true mechanism of a nerve getting pinched it really makes no sense at all.
Nerves don’t get pinched, they can get stuck, but this wrong idea about the nerve getting squeezed and pinched is completely wrong.
So what happens if you have some type of nerve component associated with your injury?
Nerve can easily get “stuck” or “glued” to muscles with a lot of overuse.
They get stuck with this stuff called adhesion. Adhesion is the most common cause of pain, weakness and decreased flexibility.
Nerves are built with some extra slack, about 15 percent so they can slide and glide through muscles.
When they get stuck with adhesion it usually presents with one or more of the following:
So yes a nerve can definitely get stuck or glued, but it can’t actually get pinched.
So what is really going on when you feel like you pinched a nerve or slept on it wrong?
There’s several components to this.
1. What does the pain feel like? Is it more dull and achy, or sharp and stabbing?
If it is sharp and stabbing its more likely a referral pain from some irritation to the disc. When the disc gets overloaded and irritated it can trigger a lot of pain and dysfunction.
2. How severe is the pain? This is a really good indicator of what is going on, usually any pain that rates at 8 or higher out of 10 is usually a good indication that its actually a disc problem.
Disc problems are very common nowadays and they are routinely missed by almost every doctor. The more time we become a society of sitting and being on our devices the more problems that will present as disc injuries. Disc injuries are nothing to mess around with and tend to get worse, especially when they are misdiagnosed and handled improperly by most practitioners.
Here's video we made regarding disc injuries and what to do about them: