Sciatic Pain

Sciatic Pain
Sciatic Pain Posted by Optimum Wellness August 31st, 2017

Sciatic pain can be associated with numbness and weakness in the lower body, on the effected side.

Sciatic pain can be associated with numbness and weakness in the lower body, on the effected side.Sciatica is a fairly common medical condition that effects the largest, and longest nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve. It travels from the L4 to S3 nerve roots and deep in the posterior hip, through the piriformis muscle, over the sit bones and down between the hamstrings, at which point it splits into anterior and posterior divisions that supply the lower legs and feet. The most common symptoms of sciatica are pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in the hip, buttock, leg, calf, and foot. Sciatica occurs when this nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed.

 

Common Causes:
  • 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.

There are treatment options for your sciatic pain. A chiropractic adjustment can help alleviate the impingement of the sciatic nerve by using manual adjustments to correct the spinal misalignment that may be irritating the sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine. Massage therapy can be beneficial to reduce muscle spasms, especially in the case of piriformis syndrome. Which is when the piriformis muscle compresses the nerve directly, causing pseudo-sciatica symptoms. Depending on the compression site, and cause of your sciatic pain, heat or ice may be indicated to help with symptomatic pain relief.
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