The nerves of the human body can be similar to electrical cords which convey information from the brain to other parts of the body and vice versa. When discussing about a pinched nerve, the reference would always indicate a bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc or a prolapsed disc. When a nerve gets pinched while the information travels along the nerve through an electrochemical signal, this signal will become interrupted anywhere along the path. The pinched nerve at the back of the neck or at the lower portion of the back is a result of damaged or injured nerve by way of compression or direct pressure. Furthermore, the signal will not be properly transferred depending on the location of the nerve. The usual causes of neck or back pain due to pinched nerve are bone spurs, herniated disc, spinal stenosis or narrowed spinal canal, arthritis and pregnancy.
Symptoms of pinched nerve in back
• The symptoms can vary based on the nerve that is affected. The reason for this is that every nerve is responsible for sending messages to and from certain areas of the body. The most frequent symptoms for pinched nerve back pain include weakness of muscles along the entire path of a certain nerve, pain, tingling sensation and numbness.
• In case you have a pinched nerve at the back of your neck, you will experience some pain on the neck in which the severity will vary as well as stiffness of the neck which radiates to the arm.
• In case you have a pinched nerve at the lower area of the back, you will have some back pain in which the severity will also vary and also stiffness of the back that goes down to the leg. It will be easy for the doctor to detect where the pinched nerve is based on the location of the pain on either the arm or the leg.
Remedies for pinched nerve in back
The most common forms of treatment are the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, ultrasound, hot packs, therapeutic exercises and electrical stimulation. A person suffering from herniated disc which can only be confirmed by a physician can opt for more surgical procedures in order to relieve a certain nerve from pressure and to stabilize the joints. The first remedy will involve physical therapy. In several cases, plenty of rest and ice may be helpful in treating the nerve in the back. But in other cases, physical therapy will help stretch and strengthen these certain muscles in the body which could take the pressure off from the nerve. Together with regular physical therapy, you may consider the use of massage therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic. Medications to combat inflammation can help in reducing the swelling close to the pinched nerve. You can ask your doctor to provide you with a prescription for the drugs.