Sciatica

What is sciatica?                                      Spanish- Miami Quiropractico

Sciatica

Sciatic Nerve

Sciatica is pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. Typically, sufferers feel a sharp pain down the back of one leg; but sciatica symptoms can affect all parts of your leg, and range from a slight twinge or some numbness or weakness, all the way to an agonizing intense pain so bad that it makes even slight movement unbearable in severe sciatica.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. The pain of sciatica is sometimes referred to as sciatic nerve pain.

What are causes of sciatica?

While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. This irritation of nerves as a result of an abnormal intervertebral disc is referred to as radiculopathy. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections, injury, and other causes. Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy.

What are sciatica symptoms?

Sciatica causes pain, a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the thigh to the back of the leg, possibly even reaching your

Sciatica

feet; sometimes some of your leg muscles feel weak, or cramped. The result is leg pain. Sometimes the pain radiates around the hip or buttock to feel like hip pain. While sciatica is often associated with lower back pain (lumbago), it can be present without low back pain. Severe sciatica can make walking difficult if not impossible. Sometimes the symptoms of sciatica are aggravated by walking or bending at the waist and relieved by lying down. The pain relief by changing positions can be partial or complete.

 

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Sciatica is diagnosed with a physical exam and medical history. The typical symptoms and certain examination maneuvers help the health-care practitioner to diagnose sciatica. Sometimes, X-rays, films, and other tests, such as CT scan, MRI scan, and electromyogram, are used to further define the exact causes of sciatica.

 

How does Chiropractic Treatment help with Sciatica?

Spinal Adjustments

Since the sciatic nerve pain occurs when there is pressure from the vertebrae on the sciatic nerve, chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve this pressure and realign the vertebraes to their proper place – freeing the previous restricted movement of the spinal column.

Cold/Ice Therapy

This treatment can help to reduce the back pain, leg pain or other sciatic nerve pain by reducing the inflammation.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

Some chiropractors employ electrical nerve stimulation techniques or a TENS unit to reduce severe sciatic nerve pain and muscle spasms. Physical therapists and other medical professionals also use this muscle-stimulating device.

 Ultrasound

Ultrasound produces sound waves, which in turn creates a soothing heat that penetrates the body’s tissues. Since ultrasound treatment does increase the circulation in the body, it is effective at reducing sciatic nerve pain, muscle pains, swelling and more.

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Overall, spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatments can help individuals suffering from sciatic nerve pain. We have helped thousands of patients suffering from Sciatica to feel better… Let us help you!

 

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