What is Sciatica?

I’m sure you’ve heard about this condition before, but it’s still a problem people have that is not always understood. Most people experience sciatica when they feel pain in the regions of their lower back and most often feel pain, numbness or tingling running down their leg.

Sciatica symptoms are caused by pressure being put on the sciatic nerve. It’s a bundle of nerves that originates in the lower back and goes down the buttocks region and continues down the back of the leg.

Because it is such a long nerve, it can be affected at many locations. The affected nerve can cause mildly annoying to severe pain depending on where and to what degree it is affected.  This is why it is so important to get a proper assessment to identify the cause of the pain by a chiropractor to receive the most effective treatment.

It’s also important to understand what is termed referred pain. This simply means that where you feel the sensations and pain isn’t necessarily where the source of the pain is located. For example, although you feel pain in the leg, the treatment needs to be focused on the lower back or buttocks region to effectively help and improve the condition.

Symptoms of Sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve is compressed and becomes irritated one of the most common symptoms is pain running down the back of the leg. It can be described as shooting or even dull. It might come and go or it can become a constant non-stop pain. The symptoms can vary a lot depending on the degree of nerve compression and irritation. However, most people that experience this condition regardless of the symptoms, find it debilitating and a problem they don’t want to live with.

Why Seek Out a Chiropractor?

Because the sciatic nerve is so long like mentioned previously, there are many places that it can be compressed and irritated that can cause these symptoms. If the vertebrae and hip bones are misaligned, they can be the cause of pressure on the nerve. Also, muscles can also be the cause of this pressure. For example, the piriformis muscle, which is a deep muscle located in the gluteal or buttocks region, can pressure and irritate. Because the sciatic nerve is so close to this muscle, a tight piriformis can easily put abnormal pressure on the nerve.

A chiropractor can determine the location of the nerve entrapment and compression and can use a variety of techniques to relieve the pressure and restore the nerve back to it’s original healthy state. Depending on the cause, adjustments, cold therapy, massage, muscle stimulation and even acupuncture can be used to relieve the pressure on the nerve and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Advanced Spinal Clinic has a of of success in treating sciatica successfully.  If you have this problem, don’t put off getting treated. You don’t have to live in pain and you can be feeling better very quickly. Give us a call to get you questions answered or better yet, schedule an appointment so we can help you start feeling better as soon as possible.