“What is Sciatica?” is a common question that we get receive from new patients attending the clinic! Sciatica refers to pain that extends along the sciatic nerve (S1) which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica most commonly occurs when a disc bulge puts pressure on the sciatic nerve as it exits the spine. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA?
Pain that spreads from your lower back, or lumbar spine, to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the sign of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.
Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.
What’s causing my leg pain?
Lower back and hip conditions can often mimic sciatica. Irritation of the Gluteus Medius or Minimus muscles can cause an aching pain deep into the back of the thigh and shin. Injury or strain of the joints and muscles or the lower back can also cause similar leg symptoms in many patients.
Patients may often mistake these types of symptoms for ‘sciatica’, where in fact sciatica refers to pain coming from the sciatic (S1) nerve, which is a specific condition. This is why it is always important to have a professional and thorough assessment in order to properly diagnose and understand what is sciatica.
how can we help with SCIATICA?
Here at Fortitude Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on our thorough & accurate assessment of your pain and symptoms to help locate the cause of your problem. We will develop a treatment program for your issue and provide you with a custom exercise plan to help get your pain under control.
We offer a number of different treatment options for sciatica, including spinal adjustments/manipulation, trigger point therapy, dry needling and exercise prescription.
We will work with you to help you better understand your condition and empower you throughout your recovery!