Pinched Lower Back Nerve | Physical Therapy

Pinched Lower Back Nerve

If a pinched lower back nerve is causing you severe pain, your physician will likely recommend one or more conservative treatment options to lessen your symptoms. One of the most common courses of action is physical therapy, which can be a very effective way to ease the pain of a pinched nerve. First, though, it can pay to understand precisely how your pinched nerve came to be.

What is a pinched nerve

The term “pinched nerve” is the common description for nerve compression. This occurs when a bone spur, bulging or herniated disc or a vertebral opening applies pressure to a spinal nerve. When this occurs, the pain and other symptoms you’re feeling are the result. The location of the nerve also affects symptoms. If you’ve got a pinched nerve in your lower back, your pain may be felt in your back, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, and even your feet and toes.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is often a great option to help deal with the symptoms of a pinched lower back nerve. Your physical therapist will design a program of passive treatments (in which he or she performs treatments on you) and/or active treatments (in which you perform the exercises yourself). The goal is to increase strength, flexibility and support in the areas surrounding your pinched nerve in an effort to lessen the impact of your pain and other symptoms.

Outpatient procedures for pinched nerves

However, if you’ve been visiting a physical therapist – or trying other conservative treatments – for weeks or months without seeing results, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about our minimally invasive procedures. Tens of thousands of patients have trusted our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons to help them find relief from neck and back pain.

Browse Related Resources