Severe pain can be experienced in your back when you have a pinched nerve. This pain can travel from your lower back and extend down the back of one leg, starting from the buttock and running through the thigh, calf, and even reaching the foot.
The onset of pain from a pinched nerve can be sudden or gradual. Typically, it is characterized by a sharp and shooting sensation that resembles an electrical shock. Movement of the leg, back, or any affected area can intensify this pain. Although the pain may be spread evenly along the leg, there are certain areas where it becomes more intense.
Along with this pain, individuals may also feel numbness or a tingling sensation along the sciatic nerves. These nerves, which are the longest in the body, extend from the lower back and run down the back of both legs.
Causes of a Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve can occur when there is pressure or irritation on the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve. This can be caused by various factors, such as a herniated disc, the narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), or in rare instances, an infection or tumor.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body, measuring around three-quarters of an inch in diameter in adults. It begins in the sacral plexus, which is a network of nerves located in the lower back (lumbosacral spine).
Movement and sensation in the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot, and toes rely on the functioning of the sciatic nerve and its various branches. When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or “pinched,” it can lead to pain along these pathways.
This is why pain from a pinched nerve can extend or radiate to different areas of the body. Pinched nerve pain can arise from various causes such as a bulging or herniated disk, degenerative disk disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, a spinal tumor or infection, or due to trauma.
Any 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 causes your pain and other symptoms.
Gentle, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment and Pinched Nerves
If you are struggling with recurring lower back pain caused by a pinched nerve, we recommend seeking treatment from our experienced medical professionals. Our team of spinal disc doctors specialize in gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment to alleviate the pressure from your slipped disc and provide immediate relief for your back pain.
Whether you or someone you know is dealing with pain from a pinched nerve or any other form of lower back pain, our dedicated team is here to assist you. Get in touch with us today for a complimentary consultation. Our medical experts will evaluate your situation and determine if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is the right solution to help alleviate your pain.
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