Sciatic pain can be associated with numbness and weakness in the lower body, on the effected side.
- Pinched Nerve
- Lumbar Subluxation
- Pelvic Imbalance
- Herniated Disc
- Low Back Strains
Often, traumatic events are not the cause of sciatica. Standing for long periods, sitting (especially long commutes to work), walking, poor running habits, heavy lifting, twisting/bending without care, or even sneezing can bring on sciatic symptoms.
Sciatic pain can be associated with numbness and weakness in the lower body, on the effected side. Commonly, pain and numbness will radiate down the buttocks, posterior thigh, and in some cases, into the posterior leg and foot. Back pain is also associated with the radiating symptoms. You will walk, stand, and move differently when you have an injury, and this can cause compensatory pain in the unaffected side as well. Often, the symptoms can be aggravated by sitting, sleep position, and standing for long periods without rest. This pain can last for days or weeks, if left untreated. People who suffer from sciatica for a long period of time will find that the pain will persist in the buttock and thigh on the effected side. In severe, longstanding cases, sciatic nerve impingement can lead to decreased function of the nerves and reflexes associated with the L4 to S3 nerve roots. This can lead to weakness and atrophy of any associated muscles that are supplied by the sciatic nerve branches.