According to WebMD, “a pinched nerve occurs when there is ‘compression’ (pressure) on a nerve”

The nerve can be compressed between either bones, tendons (the structure that joins muscles to bone) or ligaments (the structure that joins bone to bone).

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What causes a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve could result from several causes. For example, if you engage in repetitive movements, it can place pressure on a specific area of your body and this could put you at a higher risk of experiencing a pinched nerve. The same can happen when you sleep and your body is in one position for a long time. A herniated disc of the spine can also place pressure on the nerves in the spine.

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