A pinched nerve in your back can result in intense pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the buttocks down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin abruptly or slowly. Usually, it is characterized by sharp, shooting 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 intensify this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be dispersed 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 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 can be brought on by a variety of factors, including 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 largest in the body, measuring three-quarters of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the system of nerves found 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 squeezed, or “pinched”, it can cause pain along these pathways. 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 injury.
Any one of these ailments 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.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners if you are experiencing recurrent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing light, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc practitioners can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide instantaneous relief to your back pain.
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