Is Back Pain Caused by a Pinched Nerve or Degenerated Discs?

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Both degenerating discs and pinched nerves can create significant pain in the back and throughout the body. Is either of these issues the source of your pain? How can you tell the difference? Is there any connection between these two conditions? Our team at Back to Health Wellness Center – your chiropractor in Sarasota FL – answers those questions and more below.

Degenerating Discs: Causes, Signs, and Symptoms 

The discs that lie between your vertebrae begin with a firm outer layer. Over time, typically due to disc injuries or normal wear and tear, the outer layer can wear down, which is referred to as a degenerating disc. It typically occurs in the lower back or neck and can cause:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle tension
  • Lack of flexibility in the impacted area
  • Pain that shows up during specific activities, like lifting, bending, twisting, or standing for long periods

These symptoms often go away or lessen if you change positions or activities. Unaddressed degenerating discs can lead to spinal stenosis or a narrowing spinal canal, a herniated disc, and more.

Pinched Nerves: Causes, Signs, and Symptoms 

A pinched nerve occurs when something is creating pressure on a nerve, such as a bone, disc, or muscle. Pinched nerves often make themselves known through the following symptoms:

  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Tingling or a pins and needles sensation
  • Muscle weakness in the impacted area
  • Burning sensation

Find Back Pain Relief with Our Chiropractor in Sarasota, FL

No matter the cause or symptoms of your back pain, our team can help through natural and effective treatment methods. Call Back to Health Wellness Center at (941) 351-2555 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kuskin.


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