A pinched nerve in your back can lead to extreme pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the buttocks down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin suddenly or slowly. Typically, it is characterized by sharp, acute pain that feels a lot like an electric shock. Moving the leg, back or other part of the body affected by the pinched nerve will often intensify this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be dispersed evenly along the leg, but there often are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often followed by numbness or a tingling sense along the sciatic nerves, the longest nerve group in the body which runs from the lower back and down the rear of both legs.
Root causes of a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may come from a process which causes pressure or inflammation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure might be brought on by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral disc, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (referred to as spinal stenosis), or, in rare cases, by an infection or tumor.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and biggest in the body, measuring three-quarters of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the network of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its limbs are what allow movement and feeling, or motor and sensory functions. in the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot and toes.
If your sciatic nerve is compressed, or “pinched”, it can cause pain along these pathways. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can spread or radiate to other parts of your body.
Pinched nerve pain may be brought on by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
Any of these conditions can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other associated nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that creates your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
If you are experiencing recurring lower back pain brought on by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical experts. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc specialists can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide fast relief to your back pain.
We can help if you or somebody you know is struggling with pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain. Contact us today for your free appointment.
Our disc specialists can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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