Sciatica is a broad-based definition describing pain radiating along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve of the human body. It originates roughly at the L3 vertebral body encompassing several nerve roots. Causes of sciatica can include disc herniation/protrusion, piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and lumbar spinal stenosis. Other causes that can mimic symptoms of sciatica are peripheral nerve entrapments. Peripheral nerve entrapments are areas along a nerve which become trapped by a tendon, ligament, muscle or group of muscles.
What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
Sciatica is one of the most common causes of back pain associated with shooting and numbing pain traveling down the legs and into the feet. Other sensations associated with sciatica include electrical, tingling, weakness, or burning pain. A person might experience all of these symptoms throughout their duration of sciatica. However, most will only experience one to two of these symptoms. Sciatic pain may be constant or intermittent depending on the causative factor.
Consult a Doctor if the Following Occur:
Shooting, burning, or numbing pain
Weakness in either leg
Pain with sitting
Pain with waking up in the morning
What are Common Treatments for Sciatica?
The most debilitating cause of Sciatica are herniated disc(s). Herniated disc(s) can occur for several different reason. Flexion of the lumbar spine or bending over from the low back is the most common cause. When disc herniations are present certain muscle can become weak, fatigued, tight and/or spastic. Sciatic pain and dysfunction can be effectively treated with specific and tailored end range loading techniques. Depending on the causative factor, other effective techniques include: DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FAKTR, rehabilitation, orthotics, chiropractic adjustments/mobilization, and KT tape.
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