Painful and Can Be Disabling
Sciatica is known to most sufferers as a pain the buttock radiating down the
back of the leg. It can be on both sides but is commonly on just one side. The
pain has been described as a hot poker-like or a severe toothache-like pain
down the back of the leg.
According to the Merck Medical Manual, "It is most commonly caused by
peripheral nerve root compression." The root or beginning of the sciatic
nerve is in the lower spinal column. It is almost the size of the average little
finger and is the body's largest and longest nerve running from the lumbar spine
down through the buttocks and down the back of both legs into the feet.
The nerve root compression can be caused by a severe injury to the lower back
and may involve intervertebral discs. The most common cause of sciatic nerve
root compression is from misaligned spinal vertebrae(vertebral subluxation).
Early symptoms of sciatica may be nothing more than a mild, low back pain
or ache that comes and goes from time to time. Severe pain may appear instantly
as the result of a misstep, a wrong turning movement, lifting, twisting or just
bending over to tie a shoe.
Regardless of the onset, the most effective treatment approach in most cases
and least costly is chiropractic spinal adjustments to help realign the spine
and reduce the vertebral subluxation that is compressing the sciatic nerve root.
Because there is a human tendency to put off treatment until pain becomes
severe, treatment may be unnecessarily complicated and prolonged. Therefore,
it is important that any recurring back problems be corrected as soon as possible.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering with symptoms of sciatic pain or
related low back pain, please call our office for a check-up. Call today, before
your condition and your pain gets worse.