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What is Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve in the spine occurs when soft or hard tissue in your spine puts abnormal pressure on a nearby nerve.

A pinched nerve occurs when disc material is displaced and intrudes on a nerve or nerve root. A number of underlying conditions can cause this to happen, and the pain associated with a pinched nerve can range from the mild to the severe. The condition may also be called “impinged” or “compressed” nerves, and the pain associated with a pinched nerve is called radiculopathy or, when the nerve involved is the sciatic nerve, the pain is referred to as sciatica.

Symptoms of Pinched Nerve

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on two basic factors: the location or type of the damaged nerve and the amount of pressure placed on that nerve. Common symptoms include:

    Common symptoms of Pinched Nerve include:
  • In the lumbar spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. If impingement affects one of the roots of your sciatic nerve, you can develop sciatica, which is characterized by localized or radiating pain, numbness, or other uncomfortable sensations in the lower body
  • In the cervical spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head
  • In the thoracic spine (less common): pain, tingling, or numbness in the upper or mid back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems

Prior to having a surgical procedure to treat your pinched nerve, conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections should be attempted. If these measures do not meaningfully relieve your pain, a North American Spine procedure could be a better option to provide long-term relief.

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Causes of Pinched Nerve

There are many causes of pinched nerves. Repetitive stress and load-bearing, as well as one-time injuries, are common causes. Obesity, and pregnancy have also been shown to cause pinched nerves. The condition may also result from an underlying primary condition like arthritis, diabetes, and bone spurs.

    Additional common Pinched Nerve causes include:
  • Age-related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
  • Direct physical injury such as a car accident or fall
  • Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

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David G.

Condition: Pinched Nerve

Procedure: IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

Hometown: Small Town, TX

“I knew there had to be a better, less painful way to fix my pinched nerve problem.”

“Prior to coming to North American Spine my pain was with me 24/7 for the last 15 years and the pain was getting increasingly WORSE. I have been taking 500 mg Tylenol like M& M’s and the pain didn’t go away for very long at all… After my procedure with North American Spine my pain was GONE! I could actually wiggle the toes on my right foot and grip the bath carpet when I got in the shower the morning after my procedure!! It was truly a MIRACLE COME TRUE! I haven’t been able to feel my foot for the last 15 years let alone wiggle my toes!”

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