The sciatic nerve runs from your low back, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. As it travels down the legs it branches into smaller nerves that provide feeling and muscular control to muscles in your lower legs. Disc herniations, disc bulges, and nerve impingement are common conditions that cause the symptoms of sciatica. These symptoms will vary greatly from one individual to another.
Causes of sciatica
Sciatica is a sign that something is putting undue pressure on a nerve in your lower back. Most usually, the nerve is being compressed by a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Another cause is piriformis syndrome, which happens when the piriformis muscle lying directly over the sciatic nerve becomes tight or goes into spasm, putting pressure on the nerve.
Pain pattern of sciatica
The classic sciatic pain is that which radiates from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. This may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. The severity of the pain can vary from a mild ache, to a sharp burning, to excruciating discomfort. Sciatic pain usually comes on gradually and worsens over time.
Treatment of sciatica
Sciatic pain can very often be relieved through a treatment combination that includes chiropractic care, stretching, and deep tissue massage (trigger point therapy) of the piriformis muscle. Spinal decompression or flexion distraction treatment may be necessary to alleviate the pain and symptoms. These treatments focus on reducing the amount of pressure that is being placed directly on the nerves.
Contact the Denver Integrated Spine Center today to schedule your free consultation with a sciatica specialist and seek treatment and relief immediately: (303) 758-9000.