Did you know that the sciatic nerve is actually the longest nerve in your body? The sciatic nerve runs down your lower back through your buttocks down the back of your legs right to your toes.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
As with any ailment we treat at Back To Front Chiropractic, we always conduct an in depth diagnosis of the pain and where it originates. This can include looking into the medical history of the patient and (if required imaging such as x rays and MRIs). This ensures that we know where the problem originates so that we can develop the best treatment plan possible for you.
Chiropractic treatment of sciatica aims to help relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve that is causing the pain. This can vary depending on the cause of the pain. However, treatment will usually involve a combination of chiropractic adjustments and home exercises. Your chiropractor may also recommend coping mechanisms for the inflammation including ice, heat or anti-inflammatory medication as required.
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What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to back pain and nerve pain along the sciatic nerve and is caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve. Pain originating from the sciatic nerve can vary in intensity and frequency from a dull pain to a sharp burning pain commonly referring down the legs.
Sciatica can be easy to identify through the area that the pain occurs. Sciatica pain characteristically starts in the lower back or buttocks and travels into one or both legs.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by any irritation of the sciatic nerve. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated or “slipped” disc. A herniated disc can put pressure on the surrounding nerves. When this occurs in the lower back pressure is often put on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica caused by a herniated disc can be extremely painful and even debilitating.
Sciatica can also be caused by referred pain sites such as muscles, joints, and ligaments on the spine. Bone spurs and spinal stenosis can also be causes of sciatica by putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other causes can include piriformis syndrome. This is where the compression of the muscle that the sciatic nerve passes through occurs. Any other irritation of the nerve by bone, tumors, muscle, and pregnancy can also lead to sciatica.
What Are The Symptoms?
The most distinctive symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back, through the buttocks and to the back of the legs. The type of pain can vary from mild aching to a sharp and severe pain.
Other symptoms of sciatica can include pins and needles, numbness or tingling in the leg or foot. Sciatica can present itself in only the buttocks and legs without the low back pain. Severe cases of sciatica can even result in difficulty walking or the complete loss of all walking ability.
Sciatica symptoms can be worsened by walking, bending or extended use of the affected areas. Pain can usually be alleviated altogether by lying down.