By: Dr.St Jean
When it comes to low back pain, there are a variety of potential causes of your back pain. However, one of the more common causes that we see in our clinic almost every day happens to be Sciatica. In this article we will discuss how you can tell whether or not your low back pain is from sciatica and some of the treatment strategies you may want to consider to get out of pain now!
What is Sciatica?
Anytime the sciatic nerve itself is compressed or irritated, you are going to experience sciatica. The sciatic nerve, in and of itself, is the largest and the longest spinal nerve in the entire body. It starts up in your lower back, in your lumbar and sacral plexus, and it goes all the way down your leg. Really an important nerve. It sends and it receives signals to and from the muscles and the skin from your thigh, your lower leg, and your foot. So really important, you do not want to mess with it because you will experience some nasty pain and other symptoms.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Most of our patients definitely experienced some localized low back pain. They will come in and have some dull aches and maybe some pain in the lower back. Usually, it is on one side or the other and then they will also experience some radiation of symptoms. The radiation is usually described as sharp shooting pain. Sometimes, it is a burning pain. Sometimes, they will get numbness and tingling and even in more advanced cases, sometimes they will have some leg weakness.
When we are doing the motor testing on our exam, we will see there is some in fact weakness in certain leg muscles that are innervated by the sciatic nerve. It is so not good, not fun.
Again, when you have those shooting pains going down your leg, they hurt. They can be a little scary.
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Causes of Sciatica
There is a ton of things that can cause it. Basically, anything that irritates the sciatic nerve. It could be a disc herniation, a degenerative disc disease, a stenosis, a dysfunction of the SI (sacroiliac) joints, a piriformis syndrome, and/or a spondylolisthesis. The list goes on. There is so many different things. Anything essentially that is compressing or irritating the sciatic nerve is going to cause sciatica.
Treatment For Sciatica
Treatment is actually really successful from a natural standpoint. In our facility, what makes us so different is our three-prong approach of treatment. We do not just treat the joints. We treat the joints, the muscles that control the joints, and then of course the brain that controls everything.
Our treatment, from a natural standpoint, is a combination of adjustments, different therapeutic exercises, and rehab. We do all different types of soft tissue techniques like PIR (post-isometric relaxation), ART (active release technique), and all kind of things. We also use physiotherapy like e-stim and hot packs as well as brain-based therapy and nutrition, of course.
Sciatica can be really successfully treated in the clinic. It is really not too hard to do. It just takes an accurate diagnosis and follow through with you, the patient. So if you think that your low back pain is being caused by sciatica, definitely schedule an appointment, whether that is with myself or someone else, and get to the root cause of it and get out of pain.
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