A pinched nerve in your back can inflict severe pain that runs from your lower back and down the back 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 begin abruptly or gradually. Usually, 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 increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be spread 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 sense along the sciatic nerves, the longest nerve group in the body which runs from the lower back and down the back 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 might be caused by a variety of factors, including a ruptured intervertebral disk, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (called 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 web of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its branches 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 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 disk, degenerative disk disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
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 creates your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy
If you are experiencing frequent lower back pain brought on by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals. By providing light, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, our team of spinal disc experts can help relieve the pressure caused 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 back pain experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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