Sciatica, also known as sciatica syndrome, is a common form of back pain. It most often refers to pain along the sciatic nerve - which runs from the lower back and along the back of each leg. Sciatica can last for several days to several months - depending on severity. For proper diagnosis and treatment of sciatica, call Performance Spine and Sports Center in Quincy.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by a number of reasons, the two most common causes of sciatica being from a bulging or herniated disk in the lower back or from compression of the sciatic nerve by muscles in the outer buttock. Sciatica is also caused by injury or excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve. In rare cases, sciatica may result from tumors growing inside or along the spinal cord or sciatic nerve.
What are symptoms of sciatica?
The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back pain that extends throughout the hip and buttock and down one leg, but can vary in location. The pain usually affects one leg and it may worsen when you sit, cough or sneeze if the pressure on the sciatic nerve is being caused by a bulging disc or if the sciatic nerve is being compressed by the muscles in your outer buttock, then standing and walking will cause the pain to shoot down your leg. Your leg might also feel numb, weak or tingly from time to time. These symptoms can appear suddenly and they can last for days or weeks. If you think you have sciatica, call us to set up an appointment immediately.
How we treat sciatica?
Active Release Techniques (ART), chiropractic adjustments and physical rehabilitation stretches and exercises will usually alleviate and resolve all sciatic symptoms. The key to resolving Sciatica is in releasing the soft-tissue restrictions at all nerve entrapment sites. Sciatica cannot be fully resolved if the nerve remains entrapped at any point. ART excel at treating sciatica since the doctor can use this technique to find each of the entrapment sites and then release the nerve from those site.