WHAT IS SCIATICA?
Sciatica most often occurs from a herniated disc or bulging disc, bone spur on the spine, degenerative disc disease, spinal infection or narrowing of the spine. Any one of those conditions can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. That pressure is what causes pain, inflammation and often some numbness in the affected leg.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve and its nerve branches enable movement in the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot, and toes. Sciatica pain originates in the spine and radiates along the sciatic nerve, which starts at the lower back and runs down one or both legs.
Many people confuse sciatica with general back pain. However, sciatica is not just limited to the back. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs, ending just below the knee. The pain from sciatica can occur almost anywhere along the nerve pathway from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or severe pain.
The discomfort may begin abruptly or gradually. It can sometimes feel like a sharp, shooting, jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze or move. Sitting for a long time can also intensify your symptoms. Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.
Sciatica Pain Needs Treatment
Sciatica pain may occur evenly along the back and through the leg but often there are certain spots where pain is more severe. For severe or ongoing flare-ups of sciatic nerve pain, the condition needs to be treated so it does not get worse over time.
Dr. Chris Hummel has helped many patients recover from sciatica. Hummel Chiropractic offers a variety of chiropractic services, therapeutic strengthening and stretching exercises, and treatment options to help patients with sciatica and relieve the pain they’ve experienced. Call for a free consult and evaluation at 314-838-8780.