A pinched nerve in your back can inflict serious pain that runs from your lower back and down the rear of one leg running from the buttock down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin abruptly or slowly. Usually, it is characterized by sharp, acute pain that feels a lot like an electric shock. Moving the leg, back or other area of the body affected by the pinch nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread uniformly along the leg, but there frequently 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 back of both legs.
Sources of a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may come from a process which causes pressure or irritation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure may be caused by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral disk, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (named spinal stenosis), or, in rare cases, by an infection or tumor.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and biggest in the body, measuring 3/4 of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the network of nerves situated in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its divisions are what allow movement and sensation, 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 paths. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can spread or radiate to other parts of your body.
Pinched nerve pain may be caused by a bulging or herniated disk, degenerative disk disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by damage.
All 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 results in your pain and other symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and Pinched Nerves.
If you are experiencing reoccurring lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
We can help if you or somebody you know is experiencing pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain. Contact us today for your free appointment.
Our medical experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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