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Muscle Spasms Caused by Pinched Nerves

Written By Chapman Health Group on June 6, 2018

If you've ever pinched a nerve, you know how unpleasant the symptoms are, from numbness and weakness to tingling and pain. One symptom you might not know stems from a pinched nerve is muscle spasms.  

In addition to the embarrassment of a muscle moving involuntarily, a sudden, sharp pain often accompanies the spasm. 

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve occurs due to compression of the nerve. A bone or tissue may compress a nerve and so may repetitive motions or holding your body in one position for long periods of time. 

Nerves act like messengers that send signals throughout your body to your brain. The damage caused by a pinched nerve ranges from minor to severe and either long-lasting or temporary. It's possible for you to have permanent damage from a pinched nerve. 

Pinched nerves often arise in the neck and back as a result of a misalignment in the spine, but any nerve in the body may become pinched. Pinched nerves in your back might also arise because of injuries or other changes in the spine. 

What Symptoms Does a Pinched Nerve Cause?

Pinched nerves cause symptoms like numbness, weakness, and tingling in the affected area. Pain is common when you have a pinched nerve as well. The pain or other symptoms of a pinched nerve may radiate to other areas. For instance, if you have a pinched nerve in your shoulder, you might notice pain that begins where the nerve is and goes through your arm. 

How Does a Pinched Nerve Cause Muscle Spasms?

You might experience muscle spasms from a pinched nerve since your muscular and nervous systems connect to one another. 

Your peripheral nerves, which branch out from your spinal cord to your muscles, nerves control movement in the muscles. Therefore, issues like a pinched nerve can lead to your muscles moving uncontrollably.  

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chapman by calling (352) 728-6886 today. 

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