The term “Neuralgia” means that you have a nerve somewhere in your body that is pinched or compressed. A trapped nerve can cause considerable pain, as well as weakness, numbness and other symptoms depending on the spot where the nerve is trapped. Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body but more typical occur in the neck, lower back or mid back. Pain from trapped nerves in these areas will occur in other parts of the body where the nerve leads to, such as the hands, arms, legs and feet.Nerves normally become trapped when the discs between the vertebrae begin to bulge. The disc will then compress the nerve causing it to get irritated.Trapped nerves can also occur in other areas such as in the wrist due to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Swelling in the joints of the wrist can trap a nerve causing numbness and pain in the hand. Enlarged tissues such as a lymph nodes or tumours can compress a nearby nerve and cause symptoms as well. Injury in other parts of the body can also compress nerves; this is usually due to swelling or breaking of a bone.Inflammation that is caused by back problems, arthritis or swelling is usually treated with ice and anti-inflammatories. If the compressed nerve is not helped by these measures then often surgery is recommended to relieve the pressure on the nerve, this is normally a last resort after other, more conservative treatments have been tried.