There are 5 bones called vertebrae that form the lumbar spine (lower back). In between the vertebrae exit pairs of spinal nerves that travel down to the buttocks and legs to provide sensation and movement to the lower extremities. A pinched nerve is a condition where a nerve, anywhere along its route from the spinal cord to the area outside the spinal column, is compressed and will cause radiating pain or weakness in the legs or feet.
- Sharp pain in the low back with the movement
- Radiating pain down buttocks, into legs
- Numbness/Tingling in legs
- Muscle spasms in the lower back and buttocks
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging/ herniated discs
- Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Surgery
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR
LUMBAR PINCHED NERVES
Physical therapy will treat the mechanical cause of your symptoms. Your physical therapist will use massage techniques that will help to release tightness and spasms in your lower back and gentle traction and mobilization of the spine to relieve pressure off the pinched nerve.
Your therapist will also show you stretches and range of motion exercises to improve the flexibility of your muscles and mobility of your lower back. These exercises will help unload pressure from the pinched nerve and ease your leg symptoms. If you have a disc bulge or herniation that is causing nerve compression, you will be instructed in proper workplace ergonomics, including using a lumbar cushion with sitting, and good body mechanics with bending and lifting. As your symptoms improve, strengthening exercises for the core muscles and lower back will be introduced and gradually progressed throughout your therapy program to provide more dynamic support for your lower back.