If you notice a strange tingling in your hands, or your feet sometimes feel like they’ve fallen asleep, your body could be telling you that there’s a compressed nerve along your spinal cord. The sensation you are feeling may therefore be an indication that you need to ease the compression. But what exactly is spinal cord compression, and how is it usually treated.
What is nerve compression?
Spinal nerve compression is a condition in which there is pressure on the spinal cord. The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerve fibers that extend from the neck (cervical spine) down to the lower back (lumbar spine). It is protected by vertebrae along the backbone.
Spinal cord compression can occur anywhere along the length of the spinal cord. It may be caused by several factors including degenerative joint disease, which is the normal wear and tear on the spine over time. Other causes include spinal injury, bone disease, or a spinal tumor.
Common symptoms of spinal cord compression include pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and lower back, numbness, loss of sensation in the feet, and weakness. The symptoms can come on gradually, so some people with the condition often don’t notice it until several years after the disease has progressed (read more).
Nerve compression is generally treated with conservation options such as physical therapy and medications. However, more serious cases may require surgery.
Posture Pump products have also been recommended for treating less severe cases of spinal nerve compression. The products are specially designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with neck and back pain. They decompress the spine, and also restore the natural spinal curves while rehydrating the discs.