Sciatica

Commonly known as that awful painful feeling running down your leg, extending from your lower back, sometimes creating pins and needles into your feet.

Chiropractors treat the root cause of sciatica.

Sciatica is a term used to diagnose leg pain. Sciatic pain occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates from the lumbar spine area of the back i.e. the lower back, and continues through the buttock, down the posterior aspect of the thigh, into the leg and all the way to the base of the foot. There are certain branches of the sciatic nerve which travel to other areas of the leg and feet. Sciatic pain can originate from a number of structures of the lower back, but predominantly from the joints of the lumbar spine and the discs. There are more severe cases of sciatica and some of the signs and symptoms are listed below.

Signs & Symptoms

Mild to Moderate Signs and Symptoms

Pain located at the base of the spine and radiating into the buttock.

Pain into the buttock and radiating down the thigh to the back of the knee.

Pain into the lower aspect of the leg and into the feet

Severe Signs and Symptoms

Constant pain travelling from the lower back to the foot on one leg

Constant pain radiating into the feet

Constant tingling pins and needles and numbness

Wasting of muscles in the thigh and lower leg

Foot dropping when taking a step

How does Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic care is very efficient when reducing down the signs and symptoms of sciatica. Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose the origin of the sciatic nerve complaint, whether it’s from assessing an x-ray (which Chiropractors are trained to take and read) or just physically examining the complaint – the diagnosis is key to maximum recovery. Chiropractors can also interpret MRI scans – therefore if you have had a scan taken of your back it is very beneficial to present it to the chiropractor on your first visit.

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