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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

The difference between a pinched nerve and a muscle spasm?

Updated: May 3, 2023

Chiropractor Vero Beach, Fl.- These two types of injuries often mimic each other in presentation, and both are very painful. There is one component that is present with a nerve injury verses just a muscle spasm. That’s referral pain. Often when there is a nerve component associated with an injury, the pain travels. Most times it travels down into the glutes and leg. Depending on how far the pain travels down the leg often depends on the severity of the nerve irritation. Muscle spasms tend to travel up the back usually starting the lower back. However, muscle spasms can occur anywhere in the spine. Nerve injuries typically take a little longer to recover from than just a muscle issue. Almost always, pinched nerves will cause a muscle spasm but, muscle spasms do not always cause a nerve problem. Both injuries are problems chiropractors are trained to treat and usually are very successful in doing so. If you feel you have one of these issues, see your chiropractor to find out if it’s something they can help with. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic and Wellness in Vero Beach, Fl.

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