Introduction to pinched nerve in leg
A pinched nerve can happen anywhere on the body. It usually result from a traumatic injury or a sudden muscular strain. Usually, a person will be able to make a full recovery from a pinched nerve without any serious treatments and by using home remedies and a lot of rest. However, sometimes the condition will be severe and require both medications and surgery.
There are many clear symptoms that will point to a pinched nerve in the leg.
People will usually notice tingling in the leg when the have a pinched nerve. It will cause a prickling, pins and needles sensation in the leg usually. It can be felt anywhere on the leg, depending on where the pinched nerve is located, but, it is commonly felt in the knees, feet and toes.
Numbness is another common symptom. The leg will feel numb as if it has “fallen asleep,” which is a feeling that is common to people and occurs sometimes if you have been sitting on your leg for a long period of time and have diminished blood flow as a result.
Sometimes it can be very hard to move the leg and it can feel heavy as well.
Pain is another symptom that occurs, but it depends on where the problem is located. Pain can radiate either down to the foot or up to the hips and stomach, depending on the location of the pinched nerve.
A burning sensation may also accompany the pain.
Muscle spasms and twitches are also common symptoms of a pinched nerve in the leg.
Sometimes a muscle can even give out without warning, which can lead to a fall and a further injury of the leg.
A person may also experience weakness in the leg, especially in the muscles, which may make it very hard for a person to stand or walk. A pinched nerve in the leg will most likely significantly decrease a person’s mobility and the speed at which they are able to move.
In some cases, people with a pinched nerve can also experience problems with getting a good night’s sleep.
This is usually a result of all of the previously mentioned symptoms piling up, which can be hard to tolerate. When the leg is in pain, numb or burning, then it can be hard to stop focusing on this, hence, it will be very hard to fall asleep because these symptoms will be very bothersome throughout the night.
The pinched nerve can also make it very hard to find a comfortable position in which to sleep in, which will further interfere with a person’s sleeping patterns.