What is Sciatica?

Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body, running from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. It controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs, and the soles of the feet.

Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low-back and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is actually a set of symptoms—not a diagnosis for what is irritating the nerve root and causing the pain.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?
The most common symptom associated with sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back and down one leg; however, symptoms can vary widely depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected.

Some may experience a mild tingling, a dull ache, or even a burning sensation, typically on one side of the body. Some patients also report a pins-and-needles sensation, most often in the toes or foot, or numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.

What are my treatment options?
Keeping in mind that sciatica is a symptom and not a stand-alone medical condition, treatment plans will often vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem.

Chiropractic offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.

If you are experiencing symptoms similar to sciatica, be sure to contact our office today to make an appointment

 

for a chiropractic consultation.