A pinched nerve can cause muscle cramps and other painful symptoms in your legs, especially over time. Usually the trapped nerve is in your lower back, but can be in your leg as well. Then when you’re active, the compressed tissue causes an aching, burning pain in your legs that increases the more you use the affected limb. You may also develop muscle weakness.
Other factors, like dehydration, a lack of minerals and vitamins, and some pre-existing medical conditions also often play a role. If you’re experiencing frequent muscle cramps, or are concerned you may have a pinched nerve, don’t ignore the issue. Nervous tissue damage can become permanent if not addressed soon enough.