What Causes Pinched Nerves?

pinched nerve caused by bone spur

Pinched nerves develop when the nerves are compressed by tissue, muscle, bone, cartilage or tendons. Pinched nerve causes are often attributed to:

  • Overuse
  • Exercise and sports
  • Injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Herniated discs

How Herniated Discs Cause Pinched Nerves

Herniated discs are the most common pinched nerve causes in the back between the vertebrae of the spine. This condition occurs when the gel-like center of a vertebral disc (the nucleus pulposus) breaks through the outer ligament (the annulus fibrosis) of the intervertebral disc. This bulge of extruded material puts pressure on the adjacent nerve root, causing it to function improperly and send pain signals. The discs that are most prone to herniations are those in the cervical spine and the lumbar spine because these are the most flexible vertebrae.

The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients with pinched nerves to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your conditions with our medical professionals. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be among the world’s best solutions when it comes to advanced spine surgery. Your pain from a pinched nerve can become a thing of the past.