A pinched nerve in your back can lead to 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 begin abruptly or gradually. Typically, it is characterized by sharp, acute pain that feels a lot like an electrical shock. Moving the leg, back or other area of the body affected by the pinch nerve will often intensify this pain.
Pain from a pinched nerve may be distributed uniformly along the leg, but there commonly are certain spots where the pain is more intense. This pain is often followed 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 rear of both legs.
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 can be caused by a variety of factors, including a ruptured intervertebral spinal disc, 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 network of nerves found in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its limbs 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 compacted, 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 caused by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disk disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by trauma.
All of these conditions can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or other related nerve roots located in your lower back. It is this compression, or pinching, that results in your pain and other symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and Pinched Nerves.
Consider seeking treatment from one of our medical practitioners if you are experiencing frequent lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve. By providing gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc experts can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide immediate relief to your back pain.
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