Ignoring pain that you often experience is dangerous. If the pain is felt anywhere from your lower back down to the back of your leg, you might be suffering from sciatic nerve pain. Know the basics about this condition as you read below:
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that’s associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery. Source: MayoClinic
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
Additional common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
- Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
- Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
- Muscle spasmin the back or buttocks
Other things that may make your back pain worse include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft. Source: WebMD
The main symptom is a shooting pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve; from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of either leg.
Other common symptoms of sciatica include:
- numbness in the leg along the nerve
- tingling sensation (pins and needles) in the feet and toes
This pain can range in severity and may be aggravated by sitting for long periods. Source: MedicalNewsToday
A non-invasive and all-natural treatment is available for people who have sciatica. For more information, call us to book a chiropractic appointment at our North Vancouver office today!
Dr. Brian Floyd
3721 Delbrook Ave #119, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3Z4