Sciatica is a condition in which pain that originates in the lower back or buttocks radiates down the legs, especially down the outer and back parts of the thigh. Some patients describe this sensation as a “shooting” pain.
In 85% of cases, a herniated or “slipped” vertebral disc that has moved out of alignment puts pressure on the root of the sciatic nerve, thus causing sciatica.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It originates near the base of the spinal column and then splits into branches that run down the thighs.
Another major cause of sciatica is inflammation in the sacroiliac joint. Rarely, other factors cause sciatica, such as tumors or the degenerative effects of a disease, including diabetes.
While sciatica from a slipped disc can be painful, it is not usually a serious condition. In 90% of cases, symptoms resolve on their own or with gentle, supportive interventions.
If sciatica persists for more than six weeks, however, more aggressive therapies may be needed. If tumors or disease processes cause sciatica, those underlying conditions must be treated, too.
An aging spine is the most common risk factor for sciatica. Other risks include:
Dr. Brock always approaches his patients holistically, considering the interplay between your body and your mind. During your consultation for sciatica, he takes your medical history, answers your questions about your symptoms, and examines your overall health as well as the alignment of your spine.
Treatment depends on what causes your sciatica. If a herniated disc is the problem, Dr. Brock uses decompression to take pressure off of the disc, restoring the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrient-rich fluids to the disc tissue so that it can heal.
If there’s inflammation in your sacroiliac joint, Dr. Brock adjusts your spine and corrects the subluxation (dislocation of the vertebrae). He accomplishes this through chiropractic manipulation and massage.
If you suspect you have sciatica, Dr. Brock is happy to consult with you to determine its cause and to begin treatments to alleviate your discomfort and pain.
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