Nerve compression, also known as a “pinched nerve,” can occur as a result of repetitive motions or from holding your body in one position for too long. The most vulnerable areas for developing a pinched nerve are in places where a nerve travels through a narrow space, such as in the wrists, back and neck. Symptoms of a compressed nerve can include radiating pain that travels from the buttocks down to the legs or from the neck and into one or both arms (this is called sciatica or radicular pain), numbness or “pins and needles” sensations and weakness in a particular part of the body. Treatment for nerve compression often involves resting the area and avoiding activities that induce symptoms. When additional treatment is needed, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, oral corticosteroids, prescription pain relievers, steroid injections, physical therapy and/or surgery may be employed.