Sciatica: What it is and Exercises

Sciatica

 

Sciatic pain is normally described as tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of your leg.

Sciatica
Sciatica

A common misconception is that sciatica causes low back pain when actually sciatica is referred pain triggered by the compression of the sciatic nerve and could be the result of a problem in your lower back. Another site where the sciatic nerve can be compressed is in your buttocks, by a muscle called the piriformis.

 

There is such a thing as a piriformis syndrome and if your sciatica is caused by a tight piriformis muscle, this stretch will alleviate the leg pain.

Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations, herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth. It is very rare for serious problems or damage to cause sciatica.

During our initial consultation take your history and do a thorough orthopaedic, neurological and chiropractic exam. We want to be absolutely sure that we can help you with your sciatica before we commence treatment.

 

 

 

 

Treating Sciatica 

Many people think they can treat lower back pain and sciatica with over-the-counter medication. Whilst painkillers do relieve pain, they only mask symptoms and may do more harm in the long-term, especially if you do not address the underlying issue.

Chiropractic care 

We see lots of patients suffering from varying degrees of sciatica every week. Each case is treated individually and thoroughly assessed to determine the most appropriate type of treatment which could include adjustments to the vertebrae, traction and muscle relaxation techniques.

We also include home exercises.

Exercises are sometimes hard to grasp, that is why we will send you video’s of the exercises so you can watch and learn in the comfort of your own home. Have a look at this video we did which can help to alleviate the symptoms.

If you have lower back pain or any of the other sciatic symptoms above, give us a call and we will do what we can to help.