Sciatica: Getting To The Root Of The Problem

Pain radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve, extending from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and legs is known as Sciatica. One should know—Sciatica is simply a term used to describe the symptoms of pain in these areas, and is likely from a herniated disc, degeneration of the spine, or spinal stenosis. Thus, Sciatica is a result of a pre-existing medical condition.

If you’ve experienced pain that is isolated on one side of the buttock or leg, chances are, you’ve experienced sciatic nerve pain to some degree. Many describe sciatic leg pain as burning, tingling, or a dull ache. Some claim that the pain is worse when sitting or driving. When this occurs, some claim to experience weakness, numbness, or increased discomfort when trying to move their leg or foot. Because Sciatica involves pain that varies and is infrequent, it can range from an irritating ache to a stabbing, debilitating condition. The symptoms associated with Sciatica depend on the location of the specific underlying condition of the individual.

Greater understanding of Sciatica begins with some knowledge about the lower spinal region and nerve roots. The lumbar spine, particularly lumbar 4 and 5, along with sacral segments 1, 2, and 3, create a “bundle” forming the sciatic nerve. As these nerves extend throughout the legs, they assist with motor and sensory functions. If the nerve root is compressed at the junction where these nerves are gathered, individuals will experience pain and discomfort. For example, if a nerve is compressed at lumbar 4, symptoms will often appear in the thigh. Moreover, if a nerve is compressed at sacral segment 1, symptoms will appear in the outer part of the foot. In this case, a person may complain of difficulty raising their heel off of the ground. Even so, patients may experience a combination of symptoms if more than one nerve is compressed.

A comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s pain, while taking into account underlying medical conditions and neurological components is critical to getting to the root of the problem. Successful non-surgical Sciatica treatments include chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Houston Health and Wellness combines natural and holistic means to relieve pain and Sciatica symptoms. We understand that there is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to treatment of Sciatica. Each individual suffers differently. Yet, you’ll be relieved to know that your pain stops here. Call us today to begin the journey towards maximum optimal health and function.

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