A pinched nerve in your back can inflict extreme pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the backside down the rear of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may start abruptly or gradually. Usually, it is characterized by sharp, shooting pain that feels a lot like an electrical shock. Moving the leg, back or other area of the body affected by the pinched nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be distributed evenly along the leg, but there commonly 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 result 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 spinal disc, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (called spinal stenosis), or, in rare cases, by an infection or tumor.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest in the body, measuring 3/4 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 divisions 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 compacted, or “pinched”, it can cause pain along these pathways. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can radiate or spread 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 injury.
All of these conditions can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other related nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that causes your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical specialists if you are experiencing reoccurring lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing mild, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, 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.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Our medical specialists can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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