By Sukie Nau, DPT/Owner, Nau Physical Therapy & Wellness
If you have:
o radiating pain through the neck or lower back,
o shooting pain through the leg or foot,
o shooting pain through the shoulder or arm if the pinched nerve is in the neck,
o muscle spasms, or other symptoms?
Then, you may have a pinched nerve!
A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. This type of pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.
Other symptoms of pinched nerves also include burning or a sensation of feeling hot and cold in the area, and numbness or weakness in the arms or legs. This is due to the pinched nerve controlling specific muscles.
Physical therapy is often a great option to help deal with the symptoms of a pinched lower-back nerve. At NAU Physical Therapy & Wellness, we’ll assess your unique situation to design a personalized program that includes active or passive treatments depending on the level of your pinched nerve.
Physical therapy works to increase strength and flexibility. Increased strength and more flexibility in your muscles will support the part of the body where the nerve is pinched. Once that starts, the nerve can heal.
Also, simply taking it easy on the affected area can be very effective in allowing the nerve to heal.
For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, call our office today