Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. This pain is due to an irritation of the nerve and can originate in the spine or in the muscles in the  buttocks and/or low back.

Causes

Some of the more common causes of sciatica include the following:

  • Disc bulge or herniation in the lumbar spine
  • Muscle spasm in the back or buttocks
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
  • Degenerative changes in the lumbar spine
  • Pregnancy
  • Piriformis Syndrome

Symptoms

Sciatica symptoms come in many forms including: low back pain, pain in the buttocks and/or down the back of the leg, or even burning or tingling down the leg.

Sciatica usually affects only one leg at a time but can affect both legs. The pain may stop at the knee or extend to the foot or toes, depending on where the nerve is being impinged..

For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have progressive lower extremity weakness, numbness in the upper thighs, and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.

Treatment Protocol

Our conservative, unique sciatica treatment protocol is effective in resolving sciatica in the majority of patients. While your individualized protocol will vary by cause, chiropractic adjustments, ice, electric muscle stimulation, myofascial release, and exercise are the most common treatments we use in the treatment sciatic pain.  Your chiropractor will determine which of these will be most effective in treating your case.

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