You have been experiencing numbness, tingling and pain in your arm (or leg or other part of your body) and at first it’s just annoying. Annoying morphed into pain that keeps you from doing what you love and need to do. You don’t remember injuring yourself, but something is wrong.
It’s a pinched nerve and the nerve is sending out warning messages, sometimes numbness, sometimes tingling, sometimes pain. A pinched nerve is caused by increased pressure around the nerve. It’s caused when you do repetitive motions or hold a position for a long time, or sometimes from an injury. It can happen to anyone. Sometimes a pinched nerve can go away on its own, but usually not. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, then it’s time to go see your doctor.
One thing your doctor can prescribe for you is anti inflammatory medication and rest. The medication will help the pain and inflammation around the nerve. In minor cases, this might solve the problem. In more severe cases it is just a band aid. You’ll need more.
That “more” is physical therapy. Physical therapy will work to increase strength and flexibility. Increased strength in your muscles and more flexibility will support the part of the body where the nerve is pinched. Once that starts, the nerve can heal. Don’t think you can exercise it out on your own either. It is very easy to further injure yourself. Go to a professional trained in how to correctly handle your pinched nerve and pain.
Don’t suffer with a pinched nerve. Big issue or small, it can, and will probably get worse. Getting physical therapy will help it to get better.