Pinched nerves are an extremely common condition that most of us will experience at some point. When the surrounding bones, discs, or other tissues put pressure on one of your nerves, this can cause a pinched nerve.
The result is nerve root inflammation, or radiculitis, which can result in sharp pain, “pins and needles,” numbness or other problems, depending on the condition and location of your pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve can cause a variety of symptoms. Because your nerve roots send sensory signals to and from the spinal cord to your nerves, a pinched nerve root could cause pain symptoms at any point along the spine. Sciatica, for instance, is the result of a pinched sciatic nerve, and can cause pain and other sensations in the lower extremities. Sciatica is a common condition that could lead to a number of different conditions, depending on its severity.
Your symptoms may vary, so you should consult with a specialist if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.
You should first address your pinched nerve symptoms with conservative methods, under the guidance of a specialist. However, symptoms of a pinched nerve can resolve themselves temporarily, only to later come back more severely.
If you have not found relief with non-surgical options, you might consider what surgical methods are available. You can discuss your treatment options with us at Southern Laser Spine. We can help to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.