A pinched nerve in your back can inflict severe pain that runs from your lower back and down the rear 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 begin abruptly or gradually. Generally, 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 pinched nerve will often intensify this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread 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 arise from a process which causes pressure or inflammation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure might be caused 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 found 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 compacted, 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 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 one 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 causes your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment and Pinched Nerves.
If you are experiencing reoccurring lower back pain brought on by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners. By providing mild, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc practitioners can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide instantaneous 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 assessment.
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