One of our most commonly seen and most successfully treated conditions – sciatica is a common pain caused by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. Lumbar radiculopathy more specifically refers to shooting pain down down the leg which can travel as far as the foot.
Causes Of Sciatica
As mentioned above, sciatica is caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.. There are many causes that have been found, and they include:
- Lumbar Disc Bulging or Herniation: Disc displacement resulting in nerve compression.
- Degenerative Arthritis or Degenerative Discs: Disc Degeneration decreases disc height leading to shrinking of the space where nerve roots exit the spine. Degenerative arthritis results in bone formation in areas where nerve roots travel-both resulting in pain.
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Can be either centrally – in the spinal canal, or laterally – where nerves exit the spine. Usually due to a combination of degeneration and arthritis. Can be non-degenerative in cases of acute pain or injury.
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition that occurs when a vertebra slips forward over the others.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Some of the common symptoms associated with sciatica include pain in the buttocks, lower back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness in the feet and toes, calf muscle weakness, and leg pain. Some people experience excruciating debilitating pain while in others, it is mild. In most cases, the pain and discomfort will be experienced on one side of the body.
There are things that make this pain worse. These are things such as forceful coughing, sneezing, and sitting for extended periods. The symptoms can cause extreme weakness and in some cases the loss of control of bowel and bladder. If you start experiencing the above symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately because if left unchecked, they might worsen, and this will only make you more uncomfortable.
The diagnosis of sciatica includes a look at the patient’s medical history, an examination of the back, legs, and hips to test flexibility, sensation, reflexes and strength. You will be required to provide information related to what you are feeling and the pain experienced. Other tests that might be required to make the diagnosis clear include MRI scans, X-ray, CT scans and nerve conduction studies to identify the disease affecting the nerve.
Sciatica Treatment at Botti Chiropractic & Wellness
Botti Chiropractic is extremely proud of its successful track record of treating sciatica – even cases where patients have had it for years. Our specialized knowledge and experience in treating this condition with physical medicine as produced amazing outcomes for our patients. Many of our patients have already tried epidural steroid injections, discectomies, laminectomies, and other forms of surgery with no resolution. Ultimately, medical treatment and more general forms of ther therapy fail to address the underlying biomechanical, structural, and postural issues for why these easily treatable conditions started occurring in the first place. Unfortunately many people do not end up in the right place the first time their symptoms occur.
If you are dealing with sciatica, or any other health condition, call us today for an appointment and effective treatment.
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