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How To Relieve A Pinched Nerve In Lower Back
Back pain: Often times, conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications will work. It would also be reasonable to try massage, ice or heat, or over the counter creams such as aspercreme or capsaicin creme. See a physician if your symptoms do not improve - further treatment options would include spinal injections and even surgery. ...Read more
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Several options: It may respond to over the counter pain relievers (follow the package instructions and make sure you do not have a condition or take other things that might make them unsafe). Heat and cold may help. You can find back exercises on line, but you may benefit from a few sessions with a physical therapist, who can show you good technique in a home program. Regular aerobic exercise is very good too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Traction/acupuncture: Great question: the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and i would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, i think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I think i have a pinched nerve in lower back. Went to doc,today and got meds. How long until pain stops? I have had severe pain for 5 days now?
Pain will go gradual: pain can linger longer if you have muscle spasm. but either way, dont be surprised if it goes on longer than one week. recovery and resolution will be quicker if you do everything right- rest, relax the muscle, take pain meds and do gentle range of motion exercises AFTER the pain goes away. the key is not to rush it ...Read more
Can a pinched nerve in lower back cause numbness on left side of body from mid shoulder blade to toes?
Nope: The lesion would have to be higher up to involve the shoulder blade. ...Read more
Can pinched nerve in lower back cause edema? Pain specialist says I have pinched nerve causing low leg issue. But leg has edema (noted by therapist).
Have a full exam: Your pinched lumbar nerve may be part of the picture but so might other issues that may be hiding behind your chronic pain. Have a good full (lab work, too) exam to discover the role other issues might play. Pay some attention to your fluid intake/output amounts to report to the Dr. Endocrine, urology, bariatric, cardiac and other issues can result in swelling symptoms. Exam may lead to treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The cause can: A pinched nerve on one side of the spine is caused by a structural architectural problem, this can be of the disc, the foramen, the facet joint the central canal. When a nerve is pinched on one side, it is not uncommon to have compensatory or associated pain on the other side. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numb leg: Yes! sharp pain in a lower extremity due to nerve compression can cause this. Relieve by squatting down to flex the lumbar spine. Usually, anti-inflammatory medications can help, as well as some core strengthening with a flexion-based exercise program. Make sure nothing else is the cause of the leg pain! see a doctor and maybe have a scan performed. U need a diagnosis! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: This usually results from degenerative changes in the lumbar spine causing irritation to the nerve root. Often this pain will resolve spontaneously in 2-3 weeks, but may require further treatment including medication, physical therapy, injections, and/or activity modification. Your physician can help direct appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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