What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is nerve pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” This nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the backs of each leg. Portions of the sciatic nerve then branch out in each leg to innervate certain parts of the leg, thigh, calf, foot, and toes.
The sciatic nerve serves a vital role in connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles- think of it as controlling everything below the belly button. The thousands of branches that come off the sciatic nerve control and innervate a vast amount of movement, function, and sensation.
What is Sciatica pain?
Sciatica pain is anything that puts pressure on or irritates the sciatic nerve. The sensation of pain can vary widely such as pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh to radiating pain down below the knee. Sciatica may feel like a mild ache, a sharp or burning sensation, or extreme debilitating discomfort. It can also cause feelings of numbness, weakness, and tingling in any part of the lower extremity such as buttocks, hip, thigh, calf, and foot.
What is causing it?
We at Keystone Physical Medicine in Boise see this happen most of the time when the spinal vertebra have been displaced or subluxated for a long period of time resulting in mild to moderate Degenerate Disc Disease. Sciatica can be very serious if not resolved early in its origination. Low back pain with Sciatica should always be examined prior to the issue becoming more serious. If your sciatic pain is excruciating, intense, traveling or radiating down one or both legs, you are experiencing tingling or numbness from the lower back to the feet, or you are experiencing any weakness or paralysis you should seek expert care immediately.
So, what can a Chiropractor do to help?
At Keystone Physical Medicine, we are experts when it comes to your lower back complaints, including sciatica. We will take the time to provide a thorough consultation and exam on your scheduled appointment. We will provide a customized treatment plan that is specific to your condition and concerns and we take pride in providing long-term results through objective measures.
What makes our treatment unique within Boise is our integrated approach. KPM is a natural integrated health care facility with a combined team of experts to help you achieve optimal health. Our facility has combined Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and support staff to serve you to the greatest extent. The best part about this model is that it is all under one roof. We love getting to know our patients, and what we love even more is seeing them flourish. Our team is able to provide comprehensive care to suite whatever needs you may have ranging from wellness to surgical prevention. Come experience the difference and see how we can help you get your pain under control.