A pinched nerve is caused by an excessive amount of pressure is placed upon a nerve by the tissues which surround it. This prevents the nerve from functioning properly and causes pain, numbness, weakness or tingling sensations. Although a pinched nerve can occur in a number of different locations, a pinched nerve in your back can be caused by:
- Bulging discs
- Inflamed tissues
- Bone spurs
A pinched nerve in your back can occur anywhere along your spinal column.
Treatment of a Pinched Nerve
Most often, rest will help a pinched nerve to heal. Your physician will ask you to stop any activities that trigger nerve compression. To help you keep the area immobilized, you may need a back brace or splint, this will largely depend on where the pinched nerve is located.
Physical therapy can be an important part of treatment for a pinched nerve in your back, as it can help stretch and strengthen the muscles in the affected area, which in turn will alleviate the pressure on the nerve. As well as teaching you exercises, your physical therapist may also recommend making adjustments to your daily activities so that the nerve does not become aggravated.
If you are in a lot of pain your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These can reduce the inflammation around the nerve and ease the pain.
If there is no improvement after several weeks of conventional treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove pressure from the nerve. The type of surgery you receive will depend on where the pinched nerve is located. Types of surgery include removing part of a herniated disc and removing bone spurs.
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