Pinched nerve symptoms

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The pain affects other areas

Nerves can often be pinched where they leave the neck or the back region. Sometimes, this pinching is caused by a herniated disc or bone spurs that form from spinal arthritis. However, symptoms of a pinched nerve do not manifest at the exact location of the pinched nerve. Instead, pain that is associated with pinched nerves is often radicular, meaning that it radiates out to the peripheral nerves of the body’s extremities.

When an individual has a pinched nerve in the lower back, for example, symptoms of pain will usually radiate down the leg. A pinched nerve in the neck can cause pain to travel from the neck, through the shoulders, down the arms and into the hands.

Muscle spasms in the back commonly coincide with pinched nerves and can cause weakness in the arms or legs. The two most common pinched nerves in the lower back are L5 (lumbar 5) and S1 (sacral 1).

Preventative measures

To help reduce your chances of developing pinched nerve symptoms, it is important to either avoid high-risk activities or learn about precautionary measures you can take to protect yourself. We suggest you take a moment to visit our pinched nerve causes page to make yourself more aware of the causes and learn how you can avoid them.

For your convenience, the medical team at Laser Spine Institute has compiled a pinched nerve FAQ page to answer any questions you may have. If you still have unanswered questions or would like more information on how we can help you, please feel free to contact us.

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