Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg.
• Burning or tingling down the leg
• Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
• A constant pain on one side of the lower back or buttocks
• A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the pain from sciatica might be infrequent and irritating but has the potential to get worse. Consider physiotherapy if it’s an ongoing problem, and work with a local physiotherapist. As an example, the sciatica physiotherapy from Dublin Physiotherapy Clinic has delivered excellent results to their clients in pain alleviation with sciatica.
Seek immediate medical attention with any symptoms of progressive lower extremity weakness and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet on both sides. Bone spurs and spinal stenosis (narrowing) can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back.
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
Additional common causes of sciatica include:
• Lumbar spinal stenosis(narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
• Degenerative disc disease (the breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
• Spondylolisthesis(a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
Other things that may make your back pain worse include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.
The Dynamic Approach for the treatment of Sciatica starts with complete diagnostic testing to discover the root of the problem. Once established, our proven treatment options may include:
Cold Laser Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy
Piriformis Muscle Injections