A pinched nerve in your back can inflict extreme 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, shooting 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 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 feeling along the sciatic nerves, the longest nerve group in the body which runs from the lower back and down the back of both legs.
Reasons for 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 can be caused by a variety of factors, including a ruptured intervertebral spinal disc, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (known 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 found 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 pressed, 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 disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
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 creates your pain and other symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals if you are experiencing frequent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing mild, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another kind of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Our medical experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a good option for treating your pain.
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