Leg Pain & Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

If you are experiencing weakness, pain (like pins and needles), or numbness in one or both of your legs, you may be suffering from sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. It can gradually worsen over time or can start suddenly. Sciatica could be a symptom of a misalignment that is putting pressure on a nerve in the lower lumbar spine.

Common Causes

The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerves that make up the longest nerve in the body. There is one that travels down the back of each leg. It’s function in the body is to connect muscles with the spinal cord and provide sensation and strength to your legs. When pressure is applied to the sciatic nerve, you may experience muscle pain, weakness, and numbness. This pressure could be caused by a subluxation, a slipped or herniated disc, piriformis syndrome, or just daily wear and tear. Other factors that can increase a person’s risk for experiencing sciatic pain are obesity, because the extra body weight can affect spinal health, as well as prolonged sitting during the work day.

subluxation
slipped or herniated disc
piriformis syndrome
daily wear and tear

This condition can have a negative impact on your life, but chiropractors are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating many conditions, including sciatica. Receiving chiropractic treatment is a safe, non-invasive option for treating sciatica and is a more conservative option over surgery. Click here to schedule a consultation.

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