If you have unexplained pain, numbness, weakness or tingling, you may have a pinched nerve. That’s when something presses against a nerve in your body. It stops the nerve from acting the way it’s supposed to.
Symptoms depend on what nerve is pinched and how badly it’s been injured. You may feel pain or tingling sensations. You may have numbness or weakness. This can happen at the site of the pinching. It can also happen in a part of your body where the nerve travels. For example, a pinched nerve in your lower back can cause problems in the buttock, leg and foot. Your symptoms may come and go. Without proper care, a pinched nerve can be permanently damaged.