A pinched nerve in your back can trigger intense pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the buttock down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin suddenly or gradually. Generally, it is characterized by sharp, acute pain that feels a lot like an electric shock. Moving the leg, back or other part of the body affected by the pinched nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread evenly 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 back of both legs.
Reasons for a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may arise from a process which causes pressure or irritation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure may be triggered 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 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 sections 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 compressed, 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 disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by trauma.
Any of these conditions can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other associated nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that induces your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical experts if you are experiencing reoccurring lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free assessment.
Our pinched nerve experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a good option for treating your pain.
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