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Having a Pinched Nerve in Your Lower Back

Posted: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Back health, sciatica, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Lower Back

Lower Back Pain

A pinched nerve can cause pain and restrict one’s mobility. The condition occurs when surrounding bone, muscle, cartilage or other tissue impinges on a nerve. Though pinched nerves can occur almost anywhere, the spine, and in particular pinched nerve in the lower back, or lumbar region, accounts for a significant percentage of cases. That’s because of the spine’s complex skeletal structure and the stresses placed on the lower back. This condition is referred to as a pinched lumbar nerve. Nerves of the lumbar spine extend throughout the pelvis, legs, pelvis and feet. The sciatic nerve, for example, is the longest nerve in the body, and a pinched sciatic nerve can cause a variety of pain, tingling, and other symptoms that are referred to as sciatica. Depending on the exact nerve and the extent of the pressure, a pinched nerve can cause symptoms from mild discomfort to sharp, shooting pains, tingling, weakness, loss of reflexes and motor skills, and atrophy, or withering of affected muscles. Read More »

What should I expect the day of my spinal surgery?

Posted: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 | Filed under: Back health, sciatica, Spinal Surgery, Spine conditions, Spine Surgery | author: By admin
Day of Surgery

Day of Surgery

This is the big day, the day your spinal surgery will be performed and your back condition – be it facet arthrosis or lumbar radiculopathy – gets effective treatment. You’ve had your pre-operative appointment a day or so ago, and had your pre-operative physical assessment and other pre-operative workup. You’ve also met with an anesthesiologist team member to talk about your anesthesia. Read More »

What is sciatica?

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Lumbar pain, sciatica, Spine conditions | author: By admin
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sciatica

Everyone has heard of sciatica, but few people know what it actually is – or isn’t. Sciatica is not a spinal condition, or a disease, but a set of symptoms associated with a variety of spinal conditions, characterized by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve extends from the base of the spine through the hips and buttocks and down the legs to the tips of the feet. Symptoms of compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve can include radiating pain, numbness, muscle weakness, a tingling sensation along the length of the nerve, and lower back pain. Read More »

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