Sciatica – Mt Eliza, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Somerville, Baxter
Sciatica is a condition frequently seen in our practice, and often responds wonderfully to chiropractic care.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatic pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.
Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.
Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including:
- Piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
- Spinal mislignments – Vertebral Subluxation
- Herniated disc or disc prolapse
- Poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
- Poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
Diagnosis of Sciatica
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your Chiropractors’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.
Chiropractic care always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan may also be required to accurately diagnose the specific cause of your sciatica.
Treatment for Sciatica
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Chiropractic care aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:
- Spinal adjustments
- Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
- Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
In addition to this, you may be offered advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve, as well as information on home stretching exercises and the application of ice and/or heat to help aid your recovery.
If you are suffering with sciatica please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early..simply call us to begin your care today!