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Can a pinched nerve cause lumbar sprain?

I had received a lower lumbar sprain a few years ago due to having hit my lower back against the sharp edge of an armrest on a chair and since then at least 3 to 8 times a month it spasms and I have to immediately stop whatever I am doing because I can t move and the pain takes my breathe away and the sharp pain in my lower back lasts for several minutes. Could it be caused by a pinched nerve in my back ? I no longer qualify for Medicaid and I don t know what to do. Sincerely Jerry Upp
Thu, 27 Aug 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for your query.
The symptoms that you are having are likely to be due to a nerve root compression . You need to get an MRI scan of the area done and consult a neurophysician for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Meanwhile you can follow these measures:
- If the pain is severe, you need bed rest till the pain resolves.
- Get some analgesics prescribed and apply analgesic spray or ointments.
- While resting, keep a pillow under your knees if it doesn't bother you.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- Back strengthening exercises and stretching exercises daily as advised by a Physiotherapist.
- Avoid exercises in times of pain.
- Improvise your posture while sitting.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi's  Response
Hello,

I have studied your case.
Usually nerve compression cant be seen on x ray you may need MRI for this.
There will be age related spondylitis but if there is any nerve compression then that may need specific treatment.

Disc bulge can lead to spasm in lumbar muscles.
I will advise you to do MRI spine
Till time, avoid lifting weights, Sit with support to back. You can consult physiotherapist for help.
Physiotherapy like ultrasound and interferential therapy will give quick relief.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.
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Can a pinched nerve cause lumbar sprain?

Hi, Thanks for your query. The symptoms that you are having are likely to be due to a nerve root compression . You need to get an MRI scan of the area done and consult a neurophysician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile you can follow these measures: - If the pain is severe, you need bed rest till the pain resolves. - Get some analgesics prescribed and apply analgesic spray or ointments. - While resting, keep a pillow under your knees if it doesn t bother you. - Avoid lifting heavy objects. - Back strengthening exercises and stretching exercises daily as advised by a Physiotherapist. - Avoid exercises in times of pain. - Improvise your posture while sitting. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care