WHAT IS SCIATICA?
Sciatica is a painful condition that starts when the Sciatic nerve becomes “pinched” by a misaligned disc in the spine. As the longest nerve in the body, the Sciatic nerve exits your lower spine and divides into two branches that extend down through each leg.
The interruption usually occurs where the nerve exits the spine, causing inflammation and swelling but the pain can be felt anywhere along the nerve pathway.
Arthritis or other spinal conditions can also cause Sciatica.
HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE SCIATICA?
The goal is to locate the source of your pain so we can resolve it. We do this by first conducting an exam.
We use a special hands-on examination technique to determine which movements are causing your pain. Then, we’ll examine the muscles and ligaments along the nerve pathway to see if it is in fact Sciatica.
If necessary, we’ll use our onsite Digital X-Ray to take pictures of your lower back. These images can be used to confirm a diagnosis or rule out causes before finalizing a treatment plan.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA?
There’s no telling when symptoms will occur. The misfortune of Sciatica pain is it can happen anytime, anywhere. Sitting, standing, sleeping… doesn’t matter.
Here are the most common symptoms of Sciatica:
- Local, radiating or dull aching pain in lower back, buttocks or legs
- Burning sensations along the nerve pathway
- Numbness in legs or buttocks
- Weakness in legs
HOW DO WE TREAT SCIATICA?
Sciatica pain can be complicated, so treatment typically includes a couple of different approaches.
These are the main treatment options we use:
- Spinal Adjustments – help to realign the spine and open nerve pathways that could be causing you pain.
- Therapeutic Exercises – to improve flexibility, stability, reduce muscle stiffness, and prevent further injury.
- Lifestyle Guidance – learn to avoid strains that trigger Sciatica pain so you can continue doing the things you love