If you recall our previous post on tracing foot pain to lower back injuries, you might recall how a single pain point can be felt far from where it originated. For those suffering from symptoms of sciatica, this is all too familiar.
What is Sciatica?
The term “sciatica” is used to describe the leg pain that begins at the spine, continues down the back of each leg, and in some cases as far as the feet and toes. The area in which symptoms of this condition can be felt is widespread because sciatica is the result of an irritated sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the entire body.
In 90% of patients with sciatica, the cause is a “slipped disc”. However, there are several other possible causes such as:
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
For some people who suffer from symptoms of sciatica, it can have a significant impact on their daily activities. This is what makes getting a proper diagnosis and receiving the most appropriate treatment so important, namely, Cox Technic.
Where Is It Located?
The location of the pain changes according to which structures are being pinched by the slipped disc. For patients suffering from a minor slipped disc, the pain is normally located around the buttocks, while patients suffering from a more severe slipped disc will feel the pain in their toes.
How Do I Identify Sciatica?
For those suffering from symptoms of sciatica, they can feel a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain in their legs (often only in one leg). As a result, the patient may have numbness, tingling, or a feeling of pins and needles.
In some severe cases, sciatica can result in an inability to move one’s leg properly.
How Do I Treat Sciatica?
In order to properly treat symptoms of sciatica, a clinical examination from a medical specialist such as a chiropractor is recommended to determine the source, severity, and appropriate treatment options.
To find out if your pain is a result of sciatica, contact Motion4Life for a professional consultation.