The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the pelvis, through the hip area and down each leg. As it travels down the leg, the sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves throughout the lower legs. Sciatica is a nerve pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs and the lower back.
Sciatica is often related to an underlying problem. The most common cause is nerve compression, spinal misalignment, or a herniated lumbar disc. In fact, 90% of sciatica cases stem from the result of spinal disk herniation. These muscles may become tight, or you may experience a spasm in the muscles. In most cases, Sciatica is self-diagnosable. You should be able to recognise the symptoms. Sciatic pain can be relieved by stretching, massage, and chiropractic treatment. If sciatica is untreated, it can worsen with time. Some complications include loss of bowel and bladder control.
How do you know if you have sciatica?
Sciatic pain radiates from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of the legs. The pain can range from a mild ache to a burning sensation. Some other symptoms include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the rear that becomes worse when seated
- Hip pain
- Leg pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the legs or feet
- Shooting pain, that could cause difficulty when standing
Sciatica can be caused by a number of pre-existing conditions. Most often sciatica is related to spinal misalignment issues. It can also be caused by an injury, such as a fall or sciatic nerve tumours. Sciatica can also be caused by stress, and stress can prolong its effects.
How we can help
If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, it is recommended that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Sciatica can worsen or build up over time, so it is good to be proactive. At Chiropractic Plus we offer an innovative approach to treatment pertaining to sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include cold compresses to reduce inflammation and spinal adjustments. In addition massage therapy, specifically deep tissue massage can offer excellent relief. Your chiropractor will review various lifestyle strategies, exercises, rehabilitation, and nutrition in addition to chiropractic correction. Sciatica treatment may require multiple sessions and additional therapy. Our main goal is to help you achieve and maintain wellness, while combating the long term effects of sciatica.