The Sciatic Nerve is the most prominent nerve in the entire body. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and travels down through the buttock and into the leg, branching into individual nerve roots.
Sciatica is a term that is used to refer to a stinging, burning, or numbing pain that can be felt along the course of the sciatic nerve.
Even if you experience pain in the leg or buttock, the root of the cause could be coming from the lower spine. Sciatic pain can occur without any actual pain to the lower back, and in the same notion, low back pain does not necessarily mean you have sciatica.
Sciatica can be caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, or by irritation of one of the nerves that makes up the sciatic nerve.
There are several types of spinal disorders that can lead to irritation and compression of the spinal nerve roots that lead up to the sciatic nerve.
The Leading Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain include:
1. Lumbar Bulging or Herniated Disc
A bulging or herniated disc material can press against a nerve root and compress the delicate nerve tissue causing sciatic pain to occur.
When the disc is bulging, it means that the gel-like center remains contained within the tire-like outer wall of the disc.
A non-contained disc disorder is when the disc is herniated because of a break in the annulus. The herniated nucleus will cause direct compression of the nerve root.
Both cases nerve irritation and compression will cause pain and inflammation which can lead to numbness, muscle weakness, and tingling in the extremities.
Sciatic nerve pain can be the result of direct nerve compression that is caused by an external force to the lumbar spine or spinal nerve roots.
Some of the most common trauma impacts that will cause sciatic nerve pain include:
3. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis is a nerve compression disorder and can be brought on by activities such as standing or walking and is most typical in older adults. The pain can often be relieved when the patient sits down.
The passageways for the nerves to exit the spine and travel down the rest of the body can become blocked which will cause nerve compression,
Spondylolisthesis can be characterized as one vertebra slipping forward over another vertebra. Because the spinal nerves exit the spine through the doorways between the vertebra, when the vertebra slips, it closes the passage between the vertebra.
When this displacement occurs, it can cause the spinal nerves to become compressed which will lead to sciatic nerve pain.
5. Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome got its name from the piriformis muscle because of the pain that is caused when this muscle compresses the sciatic nerve.
The piriformis muscle is in the lower part of the spine, it connects to the thighbone, and helps with hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle.
Piriformis syndrome can develop when the muscle spasms occur in the muscle. The spams cause irritation and compression of the sciatic nerve.
What to do if you are Suffering from Sciatic Nerve Pain
If you are suffering from Sciatica, the Chiropractors at our Greensboro, NC clinic can help you.
The Doctors at Cobb Chiropractic have been helping those who are suffering from Sciatic Nerve Pain for over 40 years.
Our Chiropractors have the training and skills to diagnose and treat your pain condition.
We understand that living with sciatic pain can cause you to miss out on regular everyday activities because of the pain that you experience.
We want to help you recover as quickly as possible so you can return to your daily routine.
When you come to our Greensboro clinic, we complete a thorough exam to help us come up with a specialized treatment plan for your recovery.
Our Chiropractors offer a free consultation to those who are suffering from sciatic nerve pain.
We will talk with you and explain how we can best assist with your pain relief treatment, without the need for surgery or drugs.
If chiropractic care is something you haven't tried, and you're ready to be pain-free, then give our Cobb Chiropractors a chance to help you.
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