Cervical and Lumbar Nerve Compression
The spine is the main channel of the human nervous system. Degenerative arthritis of the spinal system, spondylolisthesis, herniated intervertebral disc, or serious trauma may all cause compression of the spinal nerves. Symptoms are often seen in limbs, and include numbness, pain, or abnormal sensation. Sciatica is one of the most common examples of nerve compression in patients, and in more severe situations, patients may even experience muscle weakness. Pain medication, injections, and Vitamin B supplements are often given to patients to help reduce the pain during the acute stage of spinal nerve compression. Physical therapy is later incorporated to help with decompression of the nerve roots, postural correction, and training of the deep core muscles to help stabilize the spine and reduce chance of recurrent compression in the future.