Sciatica the name for a medical condition that results from compression of the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower back and travels throughout the back of the thighs, glutes, and knees until it reaches the feet. It supplies feeling through the legs which is why any damage the sciatic nerves receives will cause pain or numbness in the lower extremities. Pinching of this nerve can also cause weakness in the legs, making it difficult to stand without needing rest when the nerve is irritated.
Sciatica will usually only affect one side of the body on the lower extremities. Pain will travel down from the lower back to the back of the thigh and down the leg. Symptoms can grow quite intense during sudden movements or when changing positions. Some combination of the following symptoms is most common for sciatica:
Pain from sciatica causes the muscles to spasm which can decrease mobility and add pressure to the nerve. An examination will be needed first to determine the area of your body where your sciatic pain is coming from. After the exam, the spasms can be relaxed using electromyostimulation on the area of pain. This is often combined with chiropractic adjustments used to alleviate the pressure on the nerve as they work directly on the spinal vertebra and discs which is often the root cause or sciatica. Dr. Weddle’s office also provides Cervical and Lumbar Disc Decompression which works well on pinched nerves causing sciatica.
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