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Understanding nerve symptoms related to back injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Injuries

Back injuries can bring about an array of complications and discomforts, with nerve-related symptoms among the most common and debilitating. These injuries can lead to nerve root pain, resulting in symptoms that extend far beyond the site of the injury.

To effectively manage these injuries, understanding the symptoms is paramount. When the delicate balance of our nervous system gets disrupted due to a back injury, various nerve symptoms can emerge.

Nerve root pain

Nerve root pain, also known as radiculopathy, often results from back injuries. When a nerve in the spine becomes irritated or compressed, pain can radiate along the path of the nerve. This type of pain is generally sharp or electric-like and can show up alongside other symptoms such as numbness, tingling or weakness in the muscles served by that nerve.


One of the most common forms of radiculopathy is sciatica. This condition occurs when the sciatic nerve, the longest and widest nerve in the body running from the lower back down to the feet, becomes irritated or compressed. This can lead to intense pain in the lower back, buttocks and down the leg. Sciatica can also cause numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg.

Sensory changes

Changes in sensation often accompany nerve symptoms related to back injuries. Individuals may experience heightened sensitivity to touch, also known as hyperesthesia, or a decrease or loss in sensation, known as hypoesthesia. These changes can affect a person’s quality of life, making everyday activities challenging.

Motor deficits

Motor deficits are another consequence of nerve damage from back injuries. Nerves carry signals from the brain to the muscles. When these nerves become injured, it can result in muscle weakness, lack of coordination or even paralysis in severe cases.

Nerve symptoms related to back injuries can significantly impact a person’s life. Recognizing these symptoms can aid in early diagnosis and treatment, helping to mitigate their severity and improve quality of life. It is essential for anyone experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention promptly.