Pinched nerve pain
When a spinal disc causes mechanical compression, irritation, or inflammation of a nearby nerve root, it’s not the disc that hurts—it is nerve pain due to intrusion by the disc. Pain from a pinched nerve root in your lower back can radiate along the path of the nerve into your leg and foot. Neurological problems, such as numbness, weakness, tingling and/or a pins-and-needles sensation may also occur.
This type of pain is medically termed as radiculopathy. When radiculopathy occurs due to the irritation or compression of specific nerve roots in the lower back (L4 to S3), it is commonly referred to as sciatica.
Pinched nerves can be caused by:
Degenerated disc pain
If the source of your back pain is the intervertebral disc, it is called discogenic back pain. A spinal disc may degenerate due to wear and tear or trauma and cause pain by the following mechanisms:
Focus on the cause of your pain
By focusing on the underlying cause of your pain, as opposed to only symptom relief, you will have the best chance of finding an appropriate treatment plan for long term relief. Chiropractic has been shown to be very effective by helping the body heal itself. It is non-invasive and does not use medications, making it an optimal choice for many patients. There are various treatments that a chiropractor may use or recommend.
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