Overview of Sciatica and how we can help
Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs. There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back. These nerves make up what we know as the sciatic nerves. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible. The sciatic nerve can also be pinched off or irritated by the gluteal (butt) muscles or hamstring musculature and cause radiating pain from the buttocks down the leg. This is called a peripheral nerve entrapment.
Symptoms of Sciatica
- Sensation Changes on the back leg down to the Calf or the Sole of the Foot
- Numbness, Tingling, Burning, Pain in Back of the leg down to the Calf or the Sole of the Foot
- Weakness of the Knee or Foot
- Difficulty Walking
- Inability to Move the Foot (in severe cases)
Treatment of Sciatica in our Office
Here at Discover Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Clinic we use complete functional movement screenings of the lower back and legs so we can narrow down the exact problem and tissue(s) that need to be fixed. We utilize chiropractic joint manipulation to work on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae that can put pressure on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. We also utilize manual soft tissue treatments to help with muscular adhesion and peripheral nerve entrapment that often contribute to and cause sciatic pain. If you think you are struggling with sciatic pain give us a call 616-956-1112 or request an appointment below.