A pinched nerve in your back can trigger extreme pain that runs from your lower back and down the rear of one leg running from the buttock down the rear of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may start 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 area 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 usually are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often accompanied 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 rear of both legs.
Causes of 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 might be brought on by a variety of factors, including things like 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 three-quarters of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the system of nerves situated 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 compressed, 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 triggered by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disk disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by damage.
All of these disorders 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 symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
If you are experiencing frequent 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 practitioners can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide immediate 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 consult.
Our medical experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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