The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and is roughly the diameter of a finger. It branches from the spinal nerves in the lower lumbar and sacral regions. It then joins together to form one very large nerve that extends all the way down the back of your leg to your big toe. Not all leg pain is sciatica, but most sciatica involves leg pain.
During treatment we will investigate how the muscle became tight, thus causing the sciatic nerve pain. It could be due to a fall, your sitting position or your bones may be out of alignment. Understanding the root cause will help us to treat you to reduce the chance of recurrence in addition to providing immediate sciatica relief.
How can a chiropractor help me with sciatica?
Sciatica sufferers often complain of severe, often unbearable pain along the path of the nerve. Symptoms may be noticed down the back of the thigh, buttocks, calves and possible the lower leg, ankle and toes. You may also be getting numbness, tingling, pins-and-needles and/or burning into one or both legs, ironically, the painful leg may also feel numb.
Sleeping, sitting, walking, bending, turning or standing maybe difficult or even impossible. It is quite difficult to find any type of comfortable position to relieve the pain.
The variety of techniques used to care for sciatica at Life Chiropractic and Wellness Centre has been proven, over the last 10 years to be incredibly effective. For decades, chiropractors and patients have observed benefits in chiropractic spinal adjustments to relieve the pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve. Many sufferers of sciatica have experienced dramatic relief of their pain after Chiropractic care.
Interesting facts about a sciatica
|Used to describe any pain from your lower back or buttocks that travels down your leg|
|Sciatic nerve is the largest and longest peripheral nerve in the body, originating from the spine, through the buttock & down the back of the leg to the foot|
|It can often be entrapped and split in part by the piriformis muscle, causing nerve pain|
|If the leg is often kept in external rotation (sitting cross legged for example) the sciatic nerve can get impinged by the greater trochanter and the ischial tuberosity|
|The third place that the sciatic nerve can be impinged is the long head of biceps femoris (part of the hamstring group)|
|If your thigh is going numb, don’t blame the sciatic nerve; this is more typical of a radiculopathy|
|Numbness in your lower leg is most likely to be from the sciatic nerve|
|Sciatica usually only affects one side of the body|
|If your pain is radiating on the side of your hip and thigh, spiralling to the top of your foot, ensure you’re cleared for a L4/5 radiculopathy due to disc herniation|
|Sciatica is most frequent in those aged 30-50 but can happen at any age|
|If radiating pain is towards the back of the thigh and ending on the side of the leg and/or side of the foot, then check for a L5/S1 radiculopathy due to disc herniation|