When a nerve is somehow compressed or impinged, it may be referred to as a pinched or irritated nerve. A pinched spinal nerve can develop when any of the surrounding structures or tissues fail to give the nerve enough space. In some cases, this may require spine surgery to address, such as when bone spurs develop and press into nearby nerves. Spine surgery may also sometimes be required if disc herniation has led to the pinched nerve. Disc herniation occurs when the inner material of an intervertebral disc protrudes through a crack in the exterior. This inner material can then press against spinal nerves.
Other possible causes of nearby tissue compressing a spinal nerve include injury to the area or underlying medical conditions such as arthritis. Poor posture, obesity, and repetitive strain can also contribute to a pinched nerve.
Spine Institute of Nevada offers comprehensive care for patients with back pain in the Las Vegas area, including non-surgical and minimally invasive options. Contact us at 702-239-3787 today to schedule a consult with a spine surgeon.