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 buttock 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. 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 pinch nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be dispersed uniformly along the leg, but there can be certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often accompanied 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 rear of both legs.
Causes 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 can be brought on by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral spinal 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 largest in the body, measuring three-quarters 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 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 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 disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
Any of these ailments can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other related nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that results in your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment
If you are experiencing recurring lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical experts. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc specialists can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
Our medical professionals can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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