Can a Pinched Nerve in the Back Cause Dizziness?

Vertigo and nausea should not be a regular part of your day. When these symptoms pair themselves with considerable back pain, there’s a chance you may be suffering from a pinched nerve.

The nerves along your spinal column can end up pinched for various reasons. If you are contending with dizziness on top of the pain, bring your concerns to our team. We’ll work to design a treatment plan that relieves your dizziness and reduces the amount of pain you’re in daily.

Back Pain and Dizziness

Dizziness and back pain tend to go hand in hand. If you find yourself abruptly contending with unexpected back pain, dizziness could indicate that the pain doesn’t stem from a strained muscle but rather severe damage. A pinched nerve, for example, may be held in place by a damaged vertebra or swollen disc.

Other conditions that result in both back pain and dizziness can include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Acute spinal cord injuries
  • Major trauma to the back or neck
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Whiplash
  • Pregnancy

Classifying Your Dizziness in the Wake of a Pinched Nerve

If you’re struggling to understand why you’re experiencing back pain and dizziness, consider what other symptoms you may be experiencing. Symptoms of a pinched nerve can include (but are not limited to):

  • Radiating pain throughout your back
  • Feelings of numbness in your hands and feet
  • Burning sensations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness in a specific spot along your spine

You should always work with a professional to diagnose a pinched nerve. Even so, you can keep an eye out for these additional symptoms if you suspect something’s amiss with your back.

When to Go to a Medical Professional

Your back is more vulnerable to damage than you might think. You could find yourself contending with a pinched nerve after an accident or because you slept in an uncomfortable position. Either way, you need to seek a medical professional’s guidance if you are contending with abrupt, sharp back pain.

Our team can sit down with you and discuss the nature of your back pain. After performing CT and MRI scans, we can tell you more about the health of your back. From there, we can recommend treatments based on your unique conditions.

Your dizziness, for example, may suggest that nerve signals aren’t consistently reaching your brain. Alternatively, they may indicate a disruption in the blood flow to your cerebellum. In either case — or in any of the others noted here — we’ll work to assess your condition accurately.

Our Team Provides Individualized Spinal Care Consultations

While there is some consistency across pinched nerve cases, no two people are likely to experience the symptoms through the same lens. The treatment plans we recommend for patients with pinched nerves are individualized. We work with you to learn more about your lifestyle, mobility, and desires for the future.

Once we understand what you want from treatment through our facility, we can recommend a treatment plan that suits your needs. Your treatment can include physical therapy, surgery, or other non-surgical spinal care. We can also adjust your treatment plan in response to your pain to ensure that you’re constantly receiving the care you need.

Please schedule an Appointment With Our Professionals Today

Pinched nerves can leave you in a considerable amount of pain and dizziness. Don’t resign yourself to living with discomfort long-term. Instead, contact Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery. Our team of experienced professionals can assess your pain and prescribe an individualized treatment plan designed to suit your needs.

We take our time when addressing your back pain. This way, we can ensure that you receive the comprehensive treatment you deserve. For more information about our services, schedule an appointment through our contact form or by calling (866) 646-5090.