Other medical options for pinched lower back nerve treatment
Your GP may prescribe medication to relieve your symptoms. This can be a great adjunct to physiotherapy treatment for your pinched lower back nerve, but cannot replace addressing the cause of your symptoms. Please use oral medication responsibly as prescribed because of side effects that may occur.
Infiltration is an option your orthopedic surgeon may suggest to administer a direct dose of medication to the joint and muscles.
Sports massage and stretch therapy are beneficial once the cause of your pinched lower back nerve has been identified and addressed. Be wary of treatments that promise immediate and drastic improvements. The nerve is structurally very sensitive to lengthening once irritated and may produce delayed onset of symptoms when overly stretched.
Chiropractic manipulation offers short term pain relief because of muscle relaxation post intervention. Make sure you know how and what to do at home to prevent symptom recurrence.
Wearing a brace will prevent movement of the lumbar segments. It is a great option for short term relief, but should not be worn longer than a week. With the right treatment, you should be more comfortable to move then and can wear your brace only when at work.
Topical treatments, like Voltaren, Moove, and Iceman, are beneficial for short term relief. The active ingredients only penetrate about 1 cm, but can improve circulation and give you relief for a short time.
Yoga & Pilates are great options to get you moving once your therapists give you the clear. It is also a great way to prevent pinced nerves in the future because both exercise forms emphasize breathing, core strength and better posture.