Sciatica and Sciatic Pain

Sciatica can be distinguished from normal back ache by its effect of radiating pain out from the lower back into one side of the lower body into the buttock, leg and into the foot. Patients find that the pain will follow the sciatic nerve which extends down the back of the length of the leg. The pain may take a variety of forms such as throbbing, numbness, tingling or pins and needles.

If you have severe sciatica pain or bursts of pain that come and go, our Chiropractors can help with the treatment for sciatica. The pain is caused by irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve which can occur anywhere along its path from the nerve roots exiting the spine into the pelvis out through the buttocks into the hamstring muscle and then splitting behind the knee into the calf.

Our Chiropractors will examine you to locate any issues around the spine which may cause swelling and pressure on the sciatic nerve. By restoring the spine to its normal function, the swelling will reduce and take the pressure off the nerve. It may be that the source of your sciatica problem is a muscle spasm. The sciatic nerve passes through the muscle in the buttock which is a large muscle and a common cause of sciatica. If the muscle tightens it can press on the nerve to produce pain so this is another area that can be treated.

Symptoms of Sciatica pain include a pain in the leg or buttock that worsens when sitting, burning or tingling down the leg, difficulty moving the leg or foot, weakness or numbness in the leg, shooting pains that travel down the leg or a constant pain in one buttock.


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