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Pinched & Sciatic Nerves

The term pinched nerve of the back implies that the nerve that travels between the back vertebrae has been compressed. When a nerve is compressed, it may cause symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning and achy soreness along the nerve path.

There are many possibilities of how a nerve compression can occur. One of the more frequently encountered explanations is when a nerve gets compressed through improper closure of the space where a canal lies between the vertebrae. This can be from a slip and fall accident or other high impact typ accident. While this canal usually will allow enough room for the nerve to pass through, situations such as bone spurs or degenerated discs will create this problem. This problem is also know as spinal canal stenosis and is usually on one side only. Spinal canal stenosis should not be confused with a herniated or protruding disc bulge which can itself put pressure on the nerve.

Another possibility which can explain the symptoms of a compressed nerve is a situation where the back has become traumatized enough to cause the vertebral joint to become inflamed and the muscles of the back to tighten up around the area. This may then place stress around the vertebrae and cause temporary symptoms of nerve compression due to the pressure around the nerve. The lowest nerves that exit the back extend though the legs, all the way to the toes. Therefore a compressed nerve in the lower back could seem to only cause problems in the leg.

The approach to treating a pinched nerve is to help reduce the compression of the vertebrae through traction and realignment therapeutic procedures, to help the muscles loosen up and thereby lessen the pain, and to minimize any inflammation. It is extremely important to have a doctor evaluate your condition to find a precise explanation of why your nerves are being pinched and recommend a course of treatment for your specific situation.