A pinched nerve in your back can cause severe pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the backside down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin abruptly or gradually over time. Typically, it is characterized by sharp, acute pain that feels a lot like an electrical shock. Moving the leg, back or other part of the body affected by the pinch nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be distributed uniformly 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 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 arise from a process which causes pressure or inflammation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure may be brought on by a variety of factors, including a ruptured intervertebral disk, 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 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 limbs 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 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 brought on by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by trauma.
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 symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical specialists if you are experiencing persistent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
We can help if you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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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