A pinched nerve in your back can inflict serious pain that runs from your lower back and down the back of one leg running from the buttocks down the rear of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin suddenly or slowly. Typically, it is characterized by sharp, acute 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 spread evenly along the leg, but there frequently are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often followed 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.
Sources 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 can be brought on by a variety of factors, including things like a ruptured intervertebral disk, 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 biggest in the body, measuring 3/4 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 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 pressed, 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 caused by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by injury.
All 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 induces your pain and other signs and symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment and Pinched Nerves.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners if you are experiencing recurrent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide instantaneous relief to your back pain.
Our medical professionals can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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