Your sciatic nerves are nerves that start in your lower back, travel into your hips and buttocks, and move down your legs into your toes. Though often used to describe all lower back and leg pain, sciatica is a diagnostic term for the inflammation, irritation, or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica often leads to pain that radiates from your lower back through your buttock and into your leg (Sciatica usually only affects one side of your body).
Sciatica and Symptoms
Sciatica can vary from mild discomfort to extreme pain in your lower back and buttock – pain that can radiate down the back of your thigh, through your knee and calf, and even into your feet and toes. The discomfort can be steady and consistent or shooting and intermittent. Many people who experience sciatica also experience varied symptoms of tingling, numbness, hot and cold sensations, and muscle soreness. People experience sciatica in different ways and to different degrees; many people find that their sciatica intensifies with movement.
The Root of Sciatica
Your sciatic nerve can become compressed, inflamed, or irritated anywhere along its length. All nerves are rooted in the spine, and your sciatic nerve is rooted in the region of your lower back. Sciatica can occur when your vertebrae in this region are restricted or improperly positioned. Sciatica can also be caused by the excess pressure that tight muscles put on your vertebrae.
Treating Your Sciatica
Most cases of sciatica can be effectively treated over the course of several weeks with non-invasive chiropractic care. An experienced chiropractor will adjust your lumbar and sacral spine to increase the flexibility and motion of your restricted lower vertebrae and to decrease muscle compression. Your chiropractor will also provide you with a personalized plan to continue your therapeutic improvement at home, including hot and cold treatments and gentle stretches and exercises (when appropriate).
If You Suffer from Sciatica, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Sciatica is not uncommon, and it can really slow you down. Tampa Bay Spine & Injury is here to help. Chiropractic care not only provides effective noninvasive treatment for sciatica but also arms you with a plan to proactively address your sciatica at home. As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively treat your sciatica. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us today and allow us to help you shake your sciatica.