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Trapped Nerve in Back: How To Treat And Prevent This Painful Condition

trapped-nerveTrapped nerve in back is a colloquial expression that refers to nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy, also known as entrapment neuropathy. A trapped nerve is caused by direct pressure on a single nerve. This may also indicate a nerve root compression by a slipped or herniated disc, for example.

Nerves travel through the course of our body and in the area of the spine, entrapments are commonly observed. Entrapment of the nerves in areas outside the spine is rarely seen.  The compression of the nerve, or trapped nerve in back, is a particularly painful experience. This condition is commonly known to affect the back and neck.  The symptoms of a trapped nerve in back include pain in the lower back, acute lower back pain, left side, muscular spasms, weakness, tingling sensation, numbness, burning sensation and a pinching sensation.

What Causes a trapped nerve in back?

Suffering from a trapped nerve in back may be a result of stretching, constriction or compression of the nerve or nerves, which may be caused due to an injury.  Trapped nerve in back can be caused in any part of the human body and the pain caused by the same is usually radiating in nature.

How to treat a trapped nerve in back?

Conventional Treatments for trapped nerve in back

The most commonly followed treatment method for back pain caused due to trapped nerve in back  is to prescribe paracetamol for relieving the pain. However, some people suffering from a trapped nerve in back prefer NSAIDs or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs over paracetamol.  In case of acute pain, strong painkillers like codeine may also be prescribed.  Since, having a trapped nerve in back is accompanied by muscular spasms; the treatment includes a course of diazepam, which is a muscle relaxant.

The use of painkillers causes side effects and lasting damage to the body. Besides this, they are addictive and may not suit every individual. Therefore, any pain killer must be taken only on prescription.

Alternative Treatments for trapped nerve in back

Lifestyle management for treatment of trapped nerve is one of the most preferred forms of treatment.This entails taking ample amount of rest to prevent the trapped nerve in back from further damage, regular massaging, use of cold and hot packs for reducing inflammation and heat oils/creams. Besides this, several other forms of treatment like chiropractic and acupuncture may also be used.

This treatment can be complemented with naturopathic medication, which makes use of naturally available compounds and herbs to treat trapped nerve in back. The naturopathic form of treatment recommends the use of fish oil and Bromelain, which reduces inflammatory reactions and the caused pain.  

Besides this, intake of rich sources of magnesium and calcium is also recommended. These elements promote normal muscular activity and reduce nerve excitability.

Several herbs are also known to be effective in treating this condition. The three herbs that are commonly found and used in all households are turmeric, Ginger and black pepper. Both, turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, ginger also improves blood circulation in the body, which facilitates the healing process. Black pepper improves the healing ability of the body and will relax the area affected by a trapped nerve in back. Another herb, St. Johns Wort, which is conventionally used for treatment of neuralgia, can be used for treating trapped nerve in back.

Consider undergoing therapy for trapped nerve in back.

Massages can help by reducing the pressure in the relevant area but may fail to bring long lasting effect. The area between C6 and C7, where the spinal process sticks out, is typically where disc problems may occur resulting in trapped nerve in back type symptoms.  The nerves travel in between your shoulders blades all the way in the back of your arms and round your hands. Having chronic pain or serious muscles spasms in between your shoulder blade can be an indication of a cervical disc and you may want to get physiotherapy to help with this condition or have manual therapy treatment for trapped nerve in back.

Prevention for trapped nerve in back

The easiest way to avoid the occurrence of trappings in nerves is to lead a lifestyle, which is healthy and active. Exercising helps in strengthening the back and keeping your weight in stern check. A strong back is less vulnerable to injuries, and a maintained body weight reduces the strain on the spine. This reduces the chances of damage to the spine, in addition to preventing several other types of back problems, such as trapped nerve in back. Although, age is expected to cause this condition, a little prevention from your side can help you dodge them for a longer time.

Limit your intake of acidic food

Acidic food can increase pain and should be avoided during the healing process of a trapped nerve in back. Some commonly acidic food includes coffee and citrus fruits. Especially avoid taking them two hours before sleep as they worsen your condition overnight.

Increase your intake of potassium

A trapped nerve may sometimes be caused by a lack of potassium. Bananas, apricots, avocados and nuts are a good source of potassium. Supplements may be also worth taking. As with any supplement, please seek the advice of your doctor

Have good postural stability

You may strengthen the muscles in between the shoulder blade and stretch the muscles in the front. Look out for a good posture at work and get started with exercises to achieve to relieve trapped nerve in back.

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