Sciatica and Leg Pain

Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something is wrong. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem may slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve. Some people silence their symptoms with a pain reliever and ignore the message. But that would be like removing the battery to silence a smoke detector!

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve and can involve multiple lumbar spinal nerves that control the legs. Sciatica is a symptom of another problem usually related to abnormal curvature in the low back, osteoarthritis or spinal disc protrusions and herniations.

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower portion of the spine and runs down the back of both legs. This nerve controls the muscles at the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg and the sole of the foot.

symptoms

Sciatica pain can vary widely. It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache or a burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is sharp, shooting and sometimes debilitating. The pain most often occurs on one side. Some people experience sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. The affected leg may feel weak. The pain often starts slowly. Sciatica pain may get worse:
  • after standing or sitting
  • while sleeping
  • when sneezing, coughing or laughing.
  • when bending backwards or walking for more than a few minutes.

Common causes

Sport injury
Text neck
Lifling heavy boxes
Falls
Driving for a long periods
Car accident
Working on computer for a long time
Heavy work
Throughout our lives, we have physical stress on our body, some acute such as falls, traumas, accidents and some chronic such as sitting for long periods, working at a desk for long periods, using computers or phones or standing for long periods. These physical stresses cause us to lose the normal alignment and put the spine in a weakened position. At first, this causes no pain but as it continues to abnormally load the spinal structures, it begins to break down the spinal structures leading to spinal damage and eventually the pain and functional loss to develop.  

treatments

We focus on addressing the source of the pain and, by doing so, the symptoms can be alleviated. We develop specialised treatment tailored to the needs of the individual patient as we believe that every patient is uniquе. We’ve helped many people with the safe and natural American Spinal Clinic Treatment System. If you are having any type of pain, don’t wait, call today to schedule an appointment!

results

X-rays of a patient with sciatica and pain down the leg. The patient came into the clinic with severe low back pain, radiating pain, stiffness, numbness, weakness down the leg and difficulties in walking. After the treatment course, the patient has significant improvement symptomatically, structurally and functionally.

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