A pinched nerve in your back can inflict severe 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 gradually. Typically 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 pinched nerve will often intensify this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread uniformly along the leg, but there often are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often accompanied by numbness or a tingling feeling along the sciatic nerves, the longest nerve group in the body which runs from the lower back and down the rear of both legs.
Sources 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 may be triggered by a variety of factors, including 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 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 branches 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 squeezed, 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 triggered by a bulging or herniated disk, degenerative disk disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by trauma.
Any of these ailments 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.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
If you are experiencing frequent lower back pain brought on by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners. By providing light, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc experts can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide instantaneous 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 examination.
Our medical professionals can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a good option for treating your pain.
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