Leg pain can be very annoying and very uncomfortable. Our legs are how we move about in the world, when they don’t function correctly our mobility is limited. You’ve spent years experiencing the joys of being bipedal, but no longer are as comfortable on your two legs as you once were. Just imagine that you’ve just bought a new bike only to feel the pain and discomfort of sciatica, rendering your bike riding experience. When immobility is accompanied by pain within the legs, you may feel even worse. You miss out on your favorite activities, even getting out of the house becomes troublesome or just walking in general can be infuriating. Sciatica is severe pain in the back, hip or outer side of the leg. This pain is felt as a result from compression of the sciatic nerve. The symptoms include numbness, tingling, and intense sudden shocks of pain. This condition usually only affects one side of your body but in some, it happens on both sides.
Some causes of Sciatica are:
- Herniated intervertebral disc
- Infection or tumor (rarely)
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs on the spine
- Degenerative disc disease
- Piriformis syndrome
- Anything that compresses the sciatic nerve
The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back (lumbar spine) and pelvic region (sacrum). It runs all the way down to your knees and connects to smaller nerves that run down to your toes. Herniated spinal disks can create pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back, this creates shockwaves of pain down the entire sciatic nerve, sometimes into other nerves. Random shocks of severe pain while going about your day can drive a person nuts. This is why we’re here to help.
Will I need surgery?
Very rarely do patients with sciatica need surgery. This condition can be treated with alternative chiropractic treatments. Treatments for sciatica include spinal adjustments, massage, spinal manipulation, and other procedures. In some cases, surgery might be required. Here are some of the following:
- Discectomy a surgical procedure where a part of the herniated disc is removed, sometimes the whole disc is removed. Microdiscectomy is a similar surgical procedure, just with smaller tools.
- Laminectomy is a surgical procedure where the entire lamina (part of the spine) is removed. Laminotomy is different, only part of the lamina is removed.
In some cases surgery can absolutely be avoided. Our chiropractors in our Orange City office and Daytona Beach Chiropractic office have years of experience with sciatic patients. We offer a list of non-invasive and drug-free treatments that can get you back to your usual bipedal self within a short period of time. Sciatica is not a permanent condition if treated correctly. If you have been diagnosed or believe you have sciatica, seek out our chiropractic care. For more information, contact us on our site.