Sciatica refers to pain that occurs anywhere along the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. The large spinal nerves in your low back (lumbar) and sacral regions combine to make up the sciatic nerve. This nerve controls and coordinates all the movements in your legs and can cause many types of leg pain and thigh pain. The sciatic nerve is made from bundles of spinal nerves exiting the lower back and joining together to form one larger nerve that extends down into your buttocks, your legs, and feet. Sciatic pain is caused when the nerve root becomes irritated.
Common Causes of Sciatica or Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Herniated disc
- Bulging Disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bone spurs
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerve
- Degenerative facets
Sciatica will usually include one or more of the following
- Leg pain
- Thigh pain
- Buttocks pain (one or both sides)
- Pain can be worse sitting or standing
- Leg pain or thigh pain frequently described as burning or searing
- Difficulty moving thigh, leg or feet
- Severe sharp pain
- Difficulty standing or walking
The most common causes of sciatic pain are herniated or bulging discs, degenerative changes, and spinal stenosis. These severe chiropractic conditions can compress the nerve resulting in pain, tingling, paresthesias, inflammation, and numbness and/or tingling in the legs or feet. Typically, sciatic pain affects only one side of the body. Most commonly, the pain radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down along the back of the thigh and calf. However, sciatic pain may occur anywhere along the path of the nerve. Symptoms can vary from a mild ache to sharp and shooting, burning, numbness, and/or tingling. For some, the pain can be severe and debilitating, while others experience chronic pain the just comes and goes.
Non-surgical Treatment Options
Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-eh-kah) is more of a description of the symptoms of leg pain and thigh pain, originating from your low back, then a medical diagnosis.
Sciatica can be treated with the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Treatments. Call for your Free DRX X-ray or MRI Review. We use traditional Chiropractic techniques with the newest technology to help stop neck and back pain for our patients.