Sciatica is a common pain caused by the irritation of compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica nerve is the longest in the human body and runs from the pelvis through the buttocks all the way to the feet. The most common cause of sciatica is a slipped disc also referred to as a prolapsed disc. In some cases, doctors do not find an obvious cause of sciatica, and this might complicate the diagnosis and the treatment processes.
Causes Of Sciatica
As mentioned above, sciatica is caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve mostly by a slipped disc. There are other common causes that have been found, and they include:
- Degeneration of spinal discs: This is the breakdown of the discs which act as the cushioning between two vertebrae.
- Lumbar spinal stenosis: This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower part of the back. The narrowing compresses the sciatic nerve.
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition that occurs when a vertebra slips forward over the others.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Some of the common symptoms associated with sciatica include pain in the buttocks, lower back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness in the feet and toes, calf muscle weakness, and leg pain. Some people experience excruciating debilitating pain while in others, it is mild. In most cases, the pain and discomfort will be experienced on one side of the body.
There are things that make this pain worse. These are things such as forceful coughing, sneezing, and sitting for extended periods. The symptoms can cause extreme weakness and in some cases the loss of control of bowel and bladder. If you start experiencing the above symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately because if left unchecked, they might worsen, and this will only make you more uncomfortable.
The diagnosis of sciatica includes a look at the patient’s medical history, an examination of the back, legs, and hips to test flexibility, sensation, reflexes and strength. You will be required to provide information related to what you are feeling and the pain experienced. Other tests that might be required to make the diagnosis clear include MRI scans, X-ray, CT scans and nerve conduction studies to identify the disease affecting the nerve.
Wellness In Motion Chiropractic Center is all about physical and massage therapy. These therapies are used in relieving pain and preventing sciatica episodes. Dr. Anthony Cisternino is a certified chiropractor who is highly trained and experienced in rehabilitation, exercise therapy, chiropractic medicine and massage therapy. Combining all or some of these treatment techniques will get rid of the pain and discomfort caused by sciatica and solve the cause especially if it is related to the position of the vertebrae or slipped disc. The aim of this approach is to make sure the treatment does not create other problems in the form of side effects.
If you are dealing with sciatica, or any other health condition, call us today for an appointment and effective treatment.