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Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment in Our Savannah Chiropractic Office

Sciatica refers to leg pain and other leg discomfort involving the sciatic nerve, a large nerve located at the back of each leg. Sciatica usually indicates the presence of another medical condition and is often associated with back problems, most commonly with a herniated disc.

Woman with lower back pain might have sciatica.

Sciatica Symptoms

The pain from Sciatica can vary from being an infrequent nuisance to a constant and debilitating pain. The location of the pain will depend on where the nerve itself is pinched. Sciatica symptoms include:

  • A persistent pain located on one side of the leg or buttock (it will be rare that it is in both legs)
  • Pain that worsens when sitting
  • Leg pain that burns or tingles
  • The leg, foot, or toes feel weak, numb, or are difficult to move
  • A radiating pain that shoots down the leg, sometimes into the foot

Causes of Sciatica

  • A lumbar herniated disc occurs when the disc starts to leak and the disc's outer core to irritate or pinch the nerve root. A herniated disc is also known as a ruptured disc or a pinched nerve.
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is not necessarily a disease but more of the natural aging process which occurs in the spine. The discs in the spine act as shock absorbers and allow for the spine to bend, twist, and flex. As we age, these discs begin to deteriorate, which means fluid may leak out and thin out the disc, or the discs start to crack or tear on the outside, also causing fluid leakage. DDD can lead to a herniated disc. Bone spurs may also result and cause pain including sciatica.
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis is another part of the aging process and occurs usually in adults aged 60 or older. The spinal canal starts to narrow, which can cause a number of conditions including bulging discs (which can pinch nerves), an overgrowth of soft tissue, and enlarged facet joints (joints that help stabilize vertebrae). Spinal arthritis usually occurs with spinal stenosis, which can also add to sciatica.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis is where a tiny stress fracture can cause vertebrae to slip forward, causing a domino effect of other vertebrae also slipping forward. When this happens, the sciatic nerve can be pinched, causing sciatica.

Contact Our Chiropractor in Savannah, GA for More Information Today!

If you're looking for sciatica pain relief, or for help with lower back pain problems, Crossroads Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Savannah, Georgia can help.  Contact us today at 912-353-7611. 

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