A pinched nerve in your back can cause intense pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the backside down the back of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may start suddenly or gradually. Generally, 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 pinch nerve will often increase this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be dispersed uniformly 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 back of both legs.
Causes of a Pinched Nerve.
A pinched nerve may arise from a process which causes pressure or irritation of the nerve roots which make up the sciatic nerve. This pressure might be caused by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral disk, the narrowing of the bony spinal canal (named 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 found 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 compressed, or “pinched”, it can cause pain along these pathways. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can radiate or spread to other parts of your body.
Pinched nerve pain may be brought on by a bulging or herniated disk, degenerative disc disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
All 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 causes your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment.
If you are experiencing recurrent lower back pain triggered 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 doctors can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free examination.
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