Sciatica is characterized by pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the lower body.
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.
- Pinched Nerve
- Lumbar Subluxation
- Pelvic Imbalance
- Herniated Disc
- Low Back Strains
Less common causes would include arthritis, tumors, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and any degeneration as a result from long-term stress on the lower back. Often traumatic events are not the cause of sciatica. Standing, sitting, walking, running, heavy lifting, bending, twisting, or even sneezing can bring on symptoms.
Sciatica is characterized by pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the lower body. Commonly, pain and numbness are located at the calf, foot, or back of the thigh. This is usually preceded for a few weeks by lower back pain. Eventually the leg pain becomes worse than the back pain. The pain can be dull & aching, or can be a shooting pain down the leg all the way to the toes. This pain can last for several days or weeks or it can subside for even a few hours. Someone who has had sciatica for a long period of time will find that the pain localizes in the buttock and thigh. In severe cases it can damage nerves and reflexes or cause the calf muscle to deteriorate. Occasionally, paresthesia (change in sensation) and weakened bladder function can accompany sciatica.
A number of sciatica treatments can be prescribed (that don’t include surgery or medications) to help with your pain.
Sometimes, a chiropractor will find the source of the nerve blockage and use manual adjustments to correct the spinal misalignment. The adjustments are designed to remove the blockage that is pinching the sciatic nerve and causing the pain.