There are many myths and misunderstandings about sciatica. It’s important to understand the facts about what sciatica really is. Learn four myths about sciatica and discover the surprising truths!

MYTH #1
MANY PEOPLE CONFUSE SCIATICA WITH GENERAL BACK PAIN
Many people confuse sciatica with general back pain. However, sciatica is not just limited to the back. The pain from sciatica can occur almost anywhere along the nerve pathway from your low back to your buttocks and down the legs, from the thigh to the calf. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or severe pain.

MYTH #2
MANY PEOPLE THINK SCIATICA IS A DIAGNOSIS
Often people believe sciatica is a diagnosis, however sciatica is actually a set of symptoms for what is causing the pain. The actual diagnosis and focus for treatment would be whatever problem is actually causing the sciatic nerve compression and pain. The most common causes are from a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spur on the spine, degenerative disc disease or narrowing of the spine. Any of those conditions can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve resulting in pain, inflammation or numbness.

MYTH #3
MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE SCIATICA IS THE SAME FOR EVERYONE
The sciatica experience is very different for each person. Sciatica pain can run from the low back, down the back of each leg and sometimes into the feet and toes. Other sensations may include tingling or a burning feeling, usually only on one side of the body. The variations and severity of sciatic pain depend on the location of the nerve compression. Some find sciatica pain severe and debilitating, while others experience it as irritating and intermittent.

MYTH# 4
MANY PEOPLE THINK SCIATICA CAN BE SELF-TREATED
Sciatica is a condition so widespread that many people think they can self-treat it or just follow another person’s advice for how to relieve the pain. Because of the many conditions that can compress nerve roots and cause sciatica, one patient’s treatment options may be very different than those of another. People are best helped by a treatment plan that is individualized based on the specific symptoms, diagnosis and response to various treatments.

If you are experiencing painful symptoms that are causing sciatica, Hummel Chiropractic can help you. We specialize in sciatica treatment and offer individualized treatment plans to relieve the pain you’re experiencing. Call for a free consult and evaluation at 314-838-8780.

~ Dr. Chris Hummel, Chiropractic Physician
    Hummel Chiropractic, 11638 West Florissant, Florissant, MO 63033
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