A pinched nerve in your back is typically described as a sharp, shooting pain that can feel a lot like an electrical shock. It can cause severe pain that runs from the back all the way down the the leg, from the buttock and even can go as far as the back of thigh or calf. Moving either part of the body that is affiliated with the nerve, such as the back or leg can trigger the shooting pain.
What causes a pinched nerve?
- A pinched nerve can be caused by a process that puts pressure on or irritates the nerve roots in the sciatic nerve. The pressure can be a result of different factors such as a ruptured intervertebral disc, which is the narrowing of the bony spinal canal. In rare cases, a pinched nerve can also be caused by an infection or tumor.
- Other causes of a pinched nerve can be a herniated or bulging disc, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, degenerative disc, trauma, or spinal stenosis. Any of these conditions have the ability to apply pressure to the sciatic nerve or any other nerves related to your lower back, which causes the pain and compression.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest in the body. It allows the movement, feeling, and any other motor or sensory functions from the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot, and toes. In adults, it can measure up to 3 quarters of an inch in diameter. The nerve starts in the sacral plexus, which is a network of nerves in your lower back. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, it can cause pain in these pathways and radiate to other parts of the body.
How do you treat it?
Our chiropractic professionals can help treat a pinched nerve by manipulating the spine gently so it is able to go back to its normal state. A chiropractor can relieve the pressure and give the sciatic nerve the relief it needs. Through spinal adjustments, you will be able to receive instant relief of pain from the pinched nerve.
If you or someone you know is suffering back pain from a possible pinched nerve, contact us today at Connetquot Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with our Chiropractic professionals. We understand the pain and suffering that is caused by a pinched nerve, and we can help decide if Chiropractic care is the right treatment for you!