If you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.
What is sciatica pain?
This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.
Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.
Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.
Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.
What is the sciatic nerve?
- The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
- This nerve is housed within the spine.
- Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
- The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.
The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.
What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?
- There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
- Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
- Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
- Trauma or injury
- Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
- Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
How is sciatica treated?
The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.
Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Heat and cold therapy
- Exercises to strengthen the lower back
To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.
We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544
One of the most common types of pain chiropractors regularly help with is lower back pain.
Why is the lower back so vulnerable to pain?
Whether acute or chronic, lower back pain can be caused by many factors, such as:
- Improper lifting techniques
- Trauma, such as a fall
- Sports injury
- Poor posture
- Lifestyle causes or poor work ergonomics
- Lack of muscle tone
- Degenerative disease
Additionally, the lower back is comprised of many complicated structures, making it susceptible to injury and pain:
- Muscle stress or strain
- Ligament sprain
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Joint dysfunction
Regardless of the cause or type of lower back pain you suffer from; chiropractic care may be able to help you. In Windsor or Essex County, please reach out to us to arrange for your chiropractic consultation: 519-258-8544
In this informative video, Dr. Oz:
- Discusses the concepts and what is chiropractic care
- Causes of misalignment
- Demonstrates a chiropractic adjustment
If you have any questions or concerns about utilizing chiropractic care for your improved health and range of motion, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.
When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:
- Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting techniques
- Work or lifestyle ergonomics
- Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)
Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544
You may be experiencing back pain for several reasons:
- Every day wear and tear
- Our work habits (ex: sitting at a desk all day)
- Lifestyle choices (ex: poor quality mattress)
- Trauma (ex: a fall, strain or sprain)
Any of the above can cause your spine to misalign. These misalignments can affect the nerves which are located in and radiating out of your spinal column.
Damage to the ligaments and muscles in your back, neck and shoulders can also result inflammation which also inhibits proper nerve functioning.
Misaligned joins, also called subluxations, can increase pressure on discs which may bulge, herniate and cause further irritation to the nerves; which may eventually cause joint degeneration and more permanent impairment.
As chiropractors, we strive to treat the problem which caused the back pain.
Other medical treatments such as pain relievers and muscle relaxers mask the symptoms which may cause further damage and adverse side effects.
If you’re experiencing acute or chronic back pain, please call to schedule your consultation. 519-258-8544
Acute or chronic low back pain can seriously affect your day to day activities and your overall enjoyment of life.
Did you know:
- In six-month period, five in 10 Canadians will suffer from lower back pain, &
- Up to 85% of working people will experience low back pain during their lifetime 
If you are experiencing lower back pain, consider that the pain may due to a muscle or ligament strain, or a problem with a joint, disc or nerve in your lower back.
Listen to your body
- Is your pain or discomfort a result of an injury that you are aware of?
- Is the pain severe or an ongoing dull ache?
- Are you experiencing muscle spasms?
- Are you feeling any numbness in your body?
- Is the area tender to the touch?
- Is your lower back pain a re-occurring problem?
- Is your normal range limited?
- Do you feel relief by stretching or using heat or ice?
- Does your pain radiate to other parts of your body such as your buttocks or legs?
See your chiropractor
Regardless of the cause of your pain, it’s best to treat the problem with chiropractic care, rather than masking the symptoms with drugs. The temporary relief from drugs may result in your problem becoming worse or resulting in a cascade affect – producing pain in other areas of your body, such as your hips, knees or even feet.
We use a variety of therapies customized to your body and your pain, such as:
- Spinal manipulation
- Ultra sound
- Cold LASER therapy
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Exercise recommendations
- Lifestyle recommendations
Because the incidence of low back pain re-occurrence rates are high, it’s best to seek help immediately.
Please call us to arrange for your appointment – 519-258-8544