What is sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. It usually affects only one side of the lower body, and depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes. For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse. Seek immediate medical attention if you have progressive lower extremity weakness, numbness in the upper thighs, and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Symptoms of sciatica
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Treatment for sciatica
The medical profession would recommend bed rest or “watching and waiting” coupled with medications. This could take weeks and months to make any progress towards healing. To find and correct the cause of the problem Dr. Hall uses chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work, spinal decompression, and therapeutic exercises and stretching to resolve sciatic pain. A large percentage of the cases we see respond well to these conservative and affordable treatments.
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)
Other: being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft