Pinched Nerve Or Nerve Compression
Any pressure placed on the spinal nerves as they branch off the spinal cord can cause nerve compression. This often results in pain or numbness radiating into the arms or legs. This is sometimes called radicular pain and in the low back/leg may sometimes be called “sciatica.” Nerve compression can occur at any level of the spine.
This pressure can result from disc protrusions or herniations, bone spurs, scar tissue, spinal instrumentation, tumors, infection or cysts. Severe nerve compression may result in loss of bowel or bladder control or the weakness of an extremity. If these symptoms occur, you should see a doctor immediately.