A pinched nerve in your back can result in severe pain that runs from your lower back and down the back 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 over time. Usually, 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 increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be distributed uniformly along the leg, but there frequently are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often accompanied by numbness or a tingling sensation along the sciatic nerves, the longest nerve group in the body which runs from the lower back and down the rear of both legs.
Reasons for a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may come from a process which causes pressure or irritation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure may be brought on by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral 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 biggest in the body, measuring 3/4 of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the web of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its branches 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 compacted, or “pinched”, it can cause pain along these paths. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can spread or radiate to other parts of your body.
Pinched nerve pain may be brought on by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disk disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by damage.
Any one 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 symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and Pinched Nerves.
If you are experiencing frequent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals. By providing mild, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc practitioners can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide quick relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another kind of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free examination.
Our medical practitioners can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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