What is Sciatica?

Sciatica pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. There is a misconception however that sciatica is a disorder when in fact, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder. Sciatica is caused by sciatic nerve compression.

Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations, herniated or bulging discs, pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one's back pocket wallet. Another common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle.

The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is prone to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg lengths. These situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain.

Treatment for Sciatica

Some common treatments used in our office to treat sciatica are ice/cold therapy which reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic nerve pain.

Therapeutic ultrasound generates heat by producing sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. It increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

Electrical muscle stimulation uses variable intensities of electrical currents to control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms. Spinal manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and other symptoms related to sciatica. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.

If you’re experiencing sciatic nerve pain in Sarasota, give us a call today to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors!