What is a pinched nerve and how does it cause back pain? We have all heard the term either from a doctor or friend. If like me you suffer from an aching back then you maybe a victim of a pinched nerve. All you know is it hurts! All you care about is finding a way to lose the pain. Hopefully this article will help.
A pinched or compressed nerve is what happens when a nerve is irritated because of an injury to the surrounding tissue. In the case of back and spinal conditions the problem is usually from a disc that has bulged out from the vertebrae and is pressing against the root of a spinal nerve. The medical term for this is condition is “radiculopathy”. Pressure on this nerve root can send pain radiated down the nerve. In my case a herniated disc in my lower back pressed against my sciatic nerve resulting in pain shooting all the way to my right foot. In addition to pain you may also experience tingling sensations, numbness and cold.
Is there a cure for a pinched nerve? The good news is yes! In most cases taking Tylenol or other over the counter medication, rest and an ice pack will relieve the pain. In more severe cases spinal injections and even surgery maybe necessary. However more and more doctors are recommending physical therapy and/or some form of exercise program in lieu of surgery.
But how do you prevent a pinched nerve? How do you lose the pain and get on with your life? Well the answer is to find a system that strengthens the back and abdominal muscles correcting muscle imbalance. One of the top rated programs is The Lose The Back Pain System developed by The Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands to lose their back pain for good. The Lose The Back Pain System custom designs a program of specific movements and exercises tailored to your exact needs.