Sciatica, also called sciatic nerve pain, is a condition that causes leg pain along with many other lower body symptoms. This pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve and radiates from the affected nerve root in the lower back, hips, buttocks, or legs.
Common causes of sciatica include pressure on the nerve from a dislocated spinal joint, degenerative disc disease, buttock muscle spasms, and narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis). Risk factors for the condition include pregnancy, obesity, living a sedentary lifestyle, osteoarthritis, or labor intensive work.
Symptoms depend on where the sciatic nerve is affected and the severity of the underlying condition. Common symptoms include:
With an extensive exam consisting of biomechanics, neurological, and skeletal muscle evaluations. The chiropractor will determine what the cause of the sciatica pain is. If it is related to muscle trapping the nerve, the doctor will educate you on what to do for that muscle and what kind of rehab will be given to provide the fastest recovery. If the nerve is pinched because of disc bulge, the doctor will offer non surgical treatment options to help pull that pressure off the nerve.If you think you are suffering from sciatica in The Villages, contact us today at 352-259-0024 for a complimentary consultation.