The sciatic nerve starts at the lower back and runs down the back of each leg into the feet. It’s the longest nerve in the body! Sciatica, or sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that refers to the pain caused by problems in the sciatic nerve. It can come and go throughout a person’s lifetime, but when it is acting up, it can cause a great deal of discomfort to the patient. Left unchecked, the nerve could become permanently damaged. So if your sciatica has become a problem, it’s important to get it checked out from the team at Vidan Family Chiropractic. Contact us to learn more about sciatica pain relief and treatment in St. Louis by calling our office at (314) 678-9355.
Fire like pain going down the leg
Pins and needles in glutes and back portion of leg
Shooting pain from the low back into the glute region
Difficulty going from seated to standing
When the vertebrae in the lower back are compressed, the roots of the sciatic nerve can become pinched and irritated, which causes the pain, discomfort, and injury. Our work, family needs, and lifestyles can create a perfect environment for sciatica.
Sitting for long periods of time (road trips or at a desk)
Repetitive use injuries
Trauma (lifting weights, picking something up)
Disc injuries or bulges often lead to sciatic pains because the abnormal disc presses against the nerve root. These disc issues can sometimes be out of our control, such as during pregnancy or when you’ve experienced a trauma.
Misalignments of the spine (posture, pregnancy, trauma)
Slipped or bulging disc
Muscle being tight pushing on nerve
Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, typically from the lower back down one or both legs. It is usually caused by pressure or irritation of the nerve roots in the lumbar or lower spine.
Sciatica can be caused by various factors, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, a bone spur, or even muscle inflammation in the buttocks or lower back. In some cases, it may result from injury or trauma.
Sciatica symptoms often include lower back pain that radiates down the buttock and leg. You may experience sharp, shooting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg. The severity of symptoms can vary from person to person.
To diagnose sciatica, Dr. Vidan will typically perform a physical examination, review your medical history, and ask about your symptoms. Imaging tests like X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans may be ordered to identify the underlying cause and assess the extent of nerve compression or irritation.
Treatment for sciatica depends on the underlying cause and the severity of symptoms. Common treatment options include rest, physical therapy, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs. In more severe cases or when conservative measures fail, corticosteroid injections or surgical procedures may be considered to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.
It's important to note that the best treatment approach for sciatica varies from person to person, and it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
Depending on how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms, chiropractic intervention can help relieve pain quickly.
Persistent sciatic pain can prohibit function and mobility. There’s no reason you have to deal with that. Instead, fix the problem and get back to your life.
No one is at their best when they’re uncomfortable and in pain every day. Chiropractic and lifestyle adjustments can be the change you need.