Is a pinched nerve causing tingling in my leg?

A pinched spinal nerve can cause tingling in the leg, especially if the underlying condition is located in the lower (lumbar) region of the spine. Other symptoms associated with a pinched nerve include numbness, burning sensations and shooting pain. Some patients also experience a weakening of the affected muscles and loss of movement.

If you are dealing with tingling sensations in the lower body that you believe may be related to nerve compression in the spinal column, it is important to see your doctor for diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan. Learning as much as possible about the potential causes can help you be more engaged with this process, helping you work more closely with your doctor to find the lasting relief you deserve.

Common spinal conditions

Your doctor should perform a physical examination, review your medical history and order diagnostic testing, such as an MRI to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. Several spine conditions can cause nerve compression, including the following:

  • Bulging disc. This condition occurs when a disc extends beyond its normal perimeter, which can cause a pinched nerve.
  • Ruptured disc. A ruptured disc occurs when the tough exterior of a spinal disc breaks open, allowing the center to enter into the spinal column.
  • Bone spurs. Our bodies sometimes create bone spurs in response to pressure and continued wear. Their intended purpose is to provide stability but they can sometimes cause narrowing in the spinal column that results in a pinched nerve.

Tingling, weakness and pain can be felt anywhere between the lower back and the toes when these conditions occur in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine.

Treatment options

Patients should talk to their physician or back care specialist if a pinched nerve is causing tingling, pain or numbness for an extended period of time. Several treatment options can help to relieve these symptoms and your doctor can develop an individualized plan to suit your particular needs. While conservative treatments like medication, hot/cold compression, physical therapy and spinal injections often provide lasting relief, surgery may become an option if you have pursued these options for weeks or months and your quality of life is still suffering. If you find yourself in this situation, contact Laser Spine Institute for more information on how our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from neck or back pain.

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