Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the back, buttocks, hip, or lower extremities Pain types: can be mild, severe, radiating, or sharp Pain circumstances: can occur due to injury or while sitting Muscular: difficulty walking or muscle weakness Sensory: leg numbness or pins and needles Also common: burning sensation, foot numbness, or weakness
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by spinal misalignment, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. An examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and an adjustment can relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine and addressing the cause of the pain.
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overused/underused of a joint, muscle imbalance, as well as other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.
Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.