Understanding Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve in your back can cause serious pain that runs from your lower back and down the rear of one leg running from the backside down the rear of the thigh and even into the calf and foot.
Pain from a pinched nerve may begin suddenly or slowly. Usually, it is characterized by sharp, shooting pain that feels a lot like an electric 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 distributed evenly 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 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.
Root causes 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 might be brought on by a variety of factors, including 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 biggest in the body, measuring three-quarters of an inch in diameter in adults. It starts in the sacral plexus, the system of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
The sciatic nerve and its sections 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 paths. This is the reason pinched nerve pain can spread or radiate to other parts of your body.
Pinched nerve pain may be triggered by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disk disease, piriformis disorder, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or spinal infection, or by damage.
Any 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 causes your pain and other symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and Pinched Nerves.
If you are experiencing persistent lower back pain triggered by a pinched nerve, consider seeking treatment from one of our medical experts. By providing light, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure brought on by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with pain as the result of a pinched nerve or another type of lower back pain, we can help. Contact us today for your free appointment.
Our medical practitioners can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a good option for treating your pain.
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