Sciatica is the feeling of 'nerve pain' that travels down the back of your leg. It travels in such a pattern that you could take your finger and trace the pain perfectly all the way down the back of your leg.
The real question is, what is causing sciatica symptoms?
Usually 'sciatica' is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve either from the lower back or from compression from the piriformis muscle.
Sciatic pain caused from the lower back is usually due to a bulging or herniated disc. The nerves from your lower back exit your spine and join together to form the sciatic nerve. If one of the discs in your spine protrudes out and puts pressure on the nerve, then is can cause that nerve to become irritated causing pain/tingling/numbness down the back of your leg.
After these nerves join together to form the sciatic nerve, they run down the back of your leg into your foot. A muscle, located between the hip and the sacrum called the piriformis muscle, is the other common compressor of the sciatic nerve. As the sciatic nerve travels down your leg, it run directly underneath this muscle. If the piriformis muscle is tight and spasming, this can compress that nerve and recreat that nerve pain down the back of the leg.
It is important to see your chiropractor to differentiate if your sciatic is caused from the piriformis muscle or from your lower back. Each requires different treatment in order to resolve the injury.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us today to schedule your appointment.