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Treating A Pinched Nerve In The Lower Back
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
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
Exercise and aspirin: Of course the answer may be different if the nerve is truly pinched & is either in the shoulder or in the neck. The best treatments for mechanical problems, like pinched nerve, are mechanical. Symptomatic relief with anti-inflammatories may reduce pain but more importantly allow corrective exercise to be used to lessen symptoms. Find out what caused your trouble, then do something about it. ...Read more
Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Confirm sciatica 1st: Is the best thing you can do. You're 23 years-old & the last thing you want is to walk around with the wrong (?Self) diagnosed problem. There are multiple causes for "sciatica" & finding the root of that cause will guide the best treatment option. Treatment usually consists of physical therapy, hep, anti-inflammatory/analgesics, various injections, & surgery when refractory or advanced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical therapy: Exercise to strengthen your back muscles is the only long term solution. For temporary relief try heat, acupuncture, muscle relaxants or pain meds from an md, or over-the-counter migralex (it's not just for headaches - magnesium on it helps relax muscles and Aspirin relieves pain and inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the synptoms of a pinched nerve in the right upper back..Also whete to go chiropractor or doctor.?
Pain, numb, weak: A pinched nerve in the neck (cervical radiculopathy) causes pain, paresthesias, numbness, and/or weakness. The radiation pattern is dependent upon which nerve root is being entrapped. For instance, a c5 radiculopathy can present as neck pain with radiation into the medial scapular border and deltoid. It would rarely go below the elbow. Being a doctor I am a bit biased but would rec a doc. ...Read more
Seen a doctor yet?: A pinched nerve (e.g. Sciatica) may cause severe pain and disability. If anti-inflammatories and usual pain meds have not controlled the pain then oral steroids (e.g. Medrol dose pak) followed by an injection may get the 'inflamed nerve' -under control. Other meds for 'nerve pain' may also help: Gabapentin or lyrica (pregabalin). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
Piriformis: Lumbosacral disc disease can cause pain that radiates into the buttock and down the leg. Compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle in the butt cheek can do the same but pain rarely goes below the knee. There are exercises that help stretch the muscle to take pressure off the nerve. If pain radiate to the foot, see a doctor. Pain can radiate form the hip to knee if tfl is tight. Pt. ...Read more
Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?
Yes: Yes, I think it is fine to see a chiropractor for your back, it is an accepted treatment for patients with back problems. If it is not helpful, you can see an md for a second opinion, but there are many people who can get good symptom improvement through chiropractic care. ...Read more
Inactivity: Having your hips flexed in the seated position for an extended period of time can cause your psoas muscle to spasm. You can reduce that spasm by stretching the psoas(ie lunges) and the hamstrings. If driving long distances, try stretching for 5-10 minutes every 2-4 hrs. ...Read more
Does a herniated disk in the lower back cause burning pain in the back and the leg? Please explain and help
Good evaluation : This is a very very frequent situation . It needs to be fully evaluated by a neurologist to understand the compromise you have and if it is progresive . If the pain you are having could be atributed to the disk and if you have advancement of the compression the treatment is surgical . Physical therapy analgesia and wimming are good alternative treatments. ...Read more
Diagnosis ???: "pinched nerve" means someone is guessing but has no clue. Which nerve? Pinched or swollen? Where? How long? What is pinching it? See a reputable neurologist, get EMG and nerve conduction velocity testing. Pinpoint the diagnosis (exact identification of the problem). Treatment may include fixing hypothyroidism, controlling diabetes, removing a cervical disc, carpal tunnel surgery, ulnar release.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can u get pain in ball of foot and toes from a pinched nerve in back. Mri of fooot normal. Neurologist tells me pain from back. Hard to believe.
Neurologist...: is right. Sounds like further diagnostic and treatment planning is needed. ...Read more
Low back pain: There are many potential causes for this and you should consult an orthopedic surgeon if this is a persistent and bothersome issue. ...Read more
What to do if I have severe pain in my nape radiating down to spinal cord. what might be the reason?
Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
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