A pinched nerve in your back can result in extreme 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 slowly. 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 increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread evenly along the leg, but there commonly 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.
Root causes of a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may result from a process which causes pressure or inflammation 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 disk, 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 system of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its divisions 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 trauma.
Any one of these disorders can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other associated nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that triggers your pain and other symptoms.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
If you are experiencing reoccurring lower back pain brought on by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners. By providing light, 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.
We can help if you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain. Contact us today for your free examination.
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