A pinched nerve is the common term that the general public uses for what the medical community calls as compressed nerve. A compressed nerve occurs when a nerve within the spinal canal receives pressure from a nearby vertebrae. Compressed nerves bring multiple symptoms including pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, and limited range of motion. Injuries, as well as natural degeneration of the spinal canal, are often what lead to a compressed nerve root. Treatments for compressed nerves vary based on the severity of the condition. Anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and limited movement are the first step towards treating a compressed nerve.