Do you wonder if you might have pinched a nerve in your lower back?
Do you want to know what you can do about this back problem?
A pinched nerve in your lower back can cause you a lot of pain. Maybe you know this all to well by now. Is it interfering with your ability to go about your day and live a normal life? You can relieve your symptoms and find relief from the pain and suffering and without surgery, too.
To begin, you should know exactly what a pinched nerve is. In regards to the lower back, a pinched nerve identifies the fusion of nerves that extend out of the lower spine. As a result of the compression, in addition to lower pack pain, a person may experience numbness, tingling, and soreness in the affected areas.
2.) Reasons & Symptoms
Pinched nerves can be caused by a variety of reasons. Among those which are generally associated with the condition are osteoarthritis, earlier accidents or injuries, trauma, obesity, stress, the added weight brought on by pregnancy, strenuous activities, and improper posture.
The sciatic nerve is the widest and longest nerve in the human body. It extends from the lower back to the toes, although it changes names along the way. When it is pinched, it can create the following painful symptoms:
• Aggravating muscle contractions
• Stinging or tingling originating in the lower back and extends all the way down to the toes
• Reduced feeling in the feet and ankles
• Bursts of pain throughout areas impacted by the sciatic nerve
Typically a pinched nerve affecting the lower back is diagnosed by a doctor after various medical tests which may include x-rays, MRIs, nerve tests, and CT scans.
3.) Fixing the Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back
Quite a few options exist for fixing a pinched nerve in the lower back. The solution prescribed by most physicians is usually based on the cause of the irritation. While surgery is always a last resort because of the complexity involved and the low success rate, there are other options for pain relief like alternating between hot and cold compresses and avoiding positions which cause pain.
Still, the most highly effective, non-surgical method of obtaining pain relief is a back brace. By wearing a brace, an individual with a pinched nerve can alleviate discomfort by restricting the motion of the spine while keeping it in a straight line.
Brace supports have changed over the years; they are no longer rigid, bulky girdles that draw attention to a person’s imperfection. These days, back braces are invisibly worn under a blouse or shirt; all the while providing unseen but much needed respite from pain.
Note: Medical advice on back supports should be provided to you by your local, licensed orthotist.