General information about pain management and pain treatment

Pinched nerve risk factors

Although typically not a life threatening condition, a pinched nerve can be painful enough that knowing the risk factors and how to prevent a pinched nerve, if possible, is well worth your time. A pinched nerve occurs when an abnormality in the spinal anatomy, whether it be a herniated disc, bulging disc, or bone spurs, extrudes into the spinal canal and compresses the surrounding spinal nerves....

How is sciatica diagnosed?

  To help diagnose sciatica and pinpoint which nerves, if any, are affected, your doctor will use these approaches: Medical history. Your doctor will ask about your medical history. Physical exam. Your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, paying special attention to your spine and legs. Basic muscle tests. Likely, your doctor will have you undergo some basic tests that check...

Symptoms of sciatica

Sciatica is different to general back pain; the pain of sciatica hardly affects the back at all but radiates out from the lower back, down the buttocks and into one or both of the legs, right down to the calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful and can last for weeks or months. If it lasts for more than six weeks, it is considered persistent (chronic)...

Seven Causes Of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the main nerve in the leg and the largest in the body. It runs from the base of the spine, along the back of the thigh to the knee, where it divides into branches. Sciatic pain is usually caused by compression of this nerve root at the point where it leaves the spine. Damage to the nerve can also cause pain. The top seven causes of sciatic pain are listed and described...

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your...

Pinched nerve prevention

Pinched nerve prevention can sometimes be a little tricky because the potential causes are diverse. These pesky sources of back and neck pain can be caused by things you can possibly avoid, like an accident leading to an injury, and those you can’t, like regular wear and tear on the spine. Likewise, treatment for pinched nerves varies in effectiveness. Nerve decompression can sometimes be...

Pinched nerve treatments

Pinched nerve treatment for the neck and back is designed to alleviate pain, numbness, weakness, muscle spasms, and the other symptoms of a pinched nerve. Most conservative pinched nerve treatments, however, treat the symptoms of the condition and do not address the pinched nerve itself. In the spine, nerves can be pinched by bulging disc matter, inflamed tissue, or bone, thereby preventing the...
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