Pain in the lower back again. Ouch. If that’s not enough, your left or right buttock hurts and the pain travels down your leg. Or both your legs. Here comes the numbness, or the burning sensation, or the pins and needles. What’s going on? Why does this happen and when your pinched nerve in lower back go away?
How Long Will The Pain Last?
A single episode of pinched nerve pain, or sciatica, can last a few days up to a few months (!!). That’s right; it can take months and one thing’s for sure: If left untreated, the pain WILL become WORSE and may turn into a chronic problem. The longer you delay treating it, the longer it takes to heal it.
The pain will remain until you relieve the pressure on the nerve (this relieves the pain and allows for the area to heal).
What’s a Pinched Nerve in Lower Back Anyway?
First, understand why the pinched nerve makes your leg hurt too. The pain that you feel in your buttock and leg is actually a “referred pain” that has nothing to do with a problem in your buttock and leg.
It’s caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back causing your brain to think that the pain is in your leg. The nerve irritation usually occurs at the L5 or S1 levels in the spine. That’s where the nerve “escapes” from “home” – The spinal canal.
The important thing to understand is that a pinched nerve, or sciatica, is not a condition or a disease. It’s just a symptom of something else. Much like coughing is a symptom of pneumonia. If you want to stop the coughing, the smart way to go is to cure the pneumonia, not just swallow coughing syrup.
This is the main reason why conventional medicine treatments usually FAIL miserably.
Conventional Treatments and Why They FAIL
Conventional medicine will usually focus on the pain – The symptom – Instead of the root cause of pinched nerves. The common treatments for pinched nerve in lower back are prescription anti inflammatory medication, cortisone shots and electrical stimulation.
All of these treatments focus on short-term pain relief and no real cure for the root cause. I’ll say it again: If the underlying cause of the sciatica is not treated, the pain will inevitably return.
2 Steps to Permanently Cure Pinched Nerve in Lower Back
Lower back pinched nerve pain become awful and sometimes unbearable. So the first step would be PAIN RELIEF – As fast and effective as possible – Without medication (Not convinced about that? These frightening statistics will convince you!).
Step #1 –Immediate Pain Relief
There are a few excellent natural pain relief options to stop your lower back pain:
1. Spinal Decompression – To immediately relieve the pressure on your nerve you must “take the load off” your nerve. You can go to a chiropractor, and you can do it yourslrf at home with a good spinal decompression machine or a traction device.
This can save you a lot of time and money on the same treatment at the chiropractor’s clinic.
Important – Spinal decompression is not only a great drug-free pain relief method, it also helps your body speed up the healing process of your lower back.
After careful research, we recommend the Teeter Hangups inversion table or the Nubax Trio Home Spinal Decompression. Even if you buy both of them, it will still cost less than 3 sessions at your local chiropractor.
If you want to know more about these spinal decompression home devices – Here are detailed reviews.
You can also see detailed review for one of the most popular traction devices – The True Back Traction Device.
2. Far Infrared Heating Pad – Forget about the ordinary heating pad (that is if you haven’t been burned by one already…), this is way better. It uses infrared light (not the UV rays that damage your skin) to deep penetrate in your lower back and relieve your pain effectively for about 6 hours.
The deep penetrating heat helps speed up the healing in the area and helps your body fight inflammation better. Read more about infrared light therapy – Right Here.
Step # 2 – Fixing the Root Cause
Now that the pain is temporarily relieved, you can focus on real healing. The only way to do that is by rebuilding the support structure of your back.
A healthy back comes from within. You can’t fix it with a pill. You can’t get it from a gadget. And the surgeon can’t install it on the operating table (too many back surgeries fail or produce no results at best).
You have to physically rebuild the support system and in simpler terms – Restore the muscle balances in your lower back.
You can learn more about muscle imbalances, how they caused your pain and how to fix them in this article.
Have you tried any alternative therapies to cure a pinched nerve in lower back?
To your health and happiness,
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