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Sciatic pain can be intermittent and annoying, to feeling completely debilitating. It is based on the location of the nerve that is being pinched. The Sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body, made up of individual nerve roots that come out of the lower back and combine into one nerve. As a result the weakness, burning and tingling pain can travel down the leg all the way into toes making mobility of the leg difficult. Pain is usually constant in nature only on one side of the buttock or leg but very seldom in both. Sitting also increases the pain.
Symptoms can be managed with conservative treatments that include:
Manual manipulation should not be painful and helps to address underlying conditions causing the sciatic nerve pain. Therapeutic massage also helps to increase the blood circulation. Physical Therapy will help to strengthen the core and correct the mechanical concerns.
Regular chiropractic treatment (1 visit per month) is recommended for patients once their treatment plan is completed and symptoms have resolved or have become manageable. Due to various stresses on the body (exercise, sports, stress, over-use, gravity, etc.), the spine and joints will compress over time. Regular chiropractic care has been shown to help slow down the degenerative effects on the spine by restoring normal joint movement.
What You Need to Know
The term sciatica describes symptoms of leg pain many times described as possibly pain from glute into leg, numbness or tingling. The pain travels down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. Sciatica is not an actual medical diagnosis but rather a symptom caused by an underlying condition usually being a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis.