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Lumbar Pinched Nerve

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A lumbar pinched nerve refers to the compression of a single nerve or group of nerves in the lumbar spine (lower back).

When too much pressure is applied to the nerve by surrounding bones, tissue, cartilage, or muscle, the nerve(s) will become “pinched,” disrupting their function and leading to possible pain, weakness, numbness and tingling. Most cases of pinched nerves occur in the lumbar spine.

A wide variety of conditions and actions can cause a pinched nerve, including degenerated disc disease, herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal arthritis, poor posture, and repetitive activities, such as those associated with sports. Trauma can also put pressure on the nerve(s).

A pinched nerve in the lower back can cause the following symptoms:

  • Shooting lower back pain
  • Pain that radiates to the buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pins-and-needles or tingling sensations
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Sensation of the feet or hands falling asleep

Treatment of a lumbar pinched nerve will depend on the extent of your symptoms and how long you have had them. The spine specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group offer a wide range of therapies and treatments for neck and spine problems and can help relieve your symptoms.

Conservative treatment options for a lumbar pinched nerve include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, muscle relaxants, steroid injections, a lumbar support, and physical therapy. Surgery may be recommended for patients with persistent pain, spinal instability or neurological dysfunction.

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