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Q: What exactly is sciatica?

Posted September 24, 2014 in Advice Column, Boone

A: Many people have experienced sciatic pain in their lives, and it is not much fun to deal with. Sciatica in itself is not a condition, but instead is a variety of symptoms of an underlying problem with the sciatic nerve. Symptoms may include pain, numbness and tingling down the leg which can reach the foot and toes, along with muscle weakness in the leg and difficulty walking.

The sciatic nerve is the largest peripheral nerve in the body and is formed from multiple branches of spinal nerve roots from the low back. The nerve travels through the buttocks down the back of the leg where it then splits into the tibial and fibular nerve. The most important step in treating sciatic pain is identifying where the irritation is coming from to create the best course of treatment. Some possible causes include lumbar disc bulging or herniation, piriformis muscle spasm, sacroiliac joint inflammation or simply pelvic or lumbar spine subluxation.

Once the cause of the irritation is identified, a course of treatments can be started including chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy modalities to reduce irritation to the involved nerves and correct the underlying cause of the irritation. Once the cause is corrected, the symptoms will dissipate. Conservative chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective and cost efficient treatment for low back and sciatic pain. Call now to see if chiropractic care is the right choice for you.

Information provided by Dr. Chris Tigges of Boone Family Chiropractic, 1320 S. Marshall St., 432-9525.





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