Sciatica is a shooting or stabbing pain in the lower back or leg. It can also result in a loss of sensation, loss of motor function, or weakness. Sciatica is also referred to as radiculopathy.
Sciatica occurs when a nerve root is pinched or irritated. That pressure can be caused by a herniated disc, a bulging disc or Subluxation, which is a misaligned vertebrae that presses against a disc which then presses against a nerve root. Sciatica pain can be located nearly anywhere from the buttocks to the little toe. The location of Sciatica pain depends upon which nerve root is being affected.
What Triggers the Pain
The onset of Sciatica can be triggered by any number of events. Sitting at a desk for an extended period can cause symptoms. Conversely, movement can also trigger Sciatica. Because the Sciatic Nerve is long and discomfort can occur at any point along its length, pain may shift locations and may shoot, stab, or merely ache, depending on the compression that is occurring at the nerve root.
The Role of Chiropractic Care
Traditional medicine typically treats Sciatica with medication, advising the patient to take the medication and ride out Sciatica until it goes away. But Sciatica rarely goes away on its own, and the pain medications used to treat the condition can often cause symptoms of their own.
Chiropractic does not believe in masking the symptoms of Sciatica. Instead, Chiropractic confronts the cause of Sciatica with cautious yet deliberate treatment that does not require drugs. Chiropractic treatment will include locating of the point of the spinal column where the nerve root irritation is occurring, then performing gentle spinal manipulation to that area of the column to remove the cause of the pain.
For more information on the treatments Chiropractic offers patients with Sciatica, contact us for a free examination.