5 Conditions that May Be Causing Your Sciatica
If you’re experiencing extreme lower back pain and discomfort, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This common ailment affects people of all ages and professional practices and is simply known by its colloquial name: chronic low back pain.
The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and runs down each leg, which means irritation can have wide-ranging effects on a person suffering from inflammation of this nerve. When the sciatic nerve is stressed or damaged, the full scope of pain can begin above the buttocks and run all the way down the thighs. It’s characterized by constant, throbbing pain in one leg or the other, weakness, limited mobility, sharp pangs when walking, and a consistent searing sensation.
Sciatic nerve issues often result in impaired mobility and an adversely affected quality of life. It’s crucial to seek chiropractic help for this condition, to ensure inflammatory catalysts aren’t left to linger. At Posture Works, we help San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients qualify their sciatic condition and explore the best options for dealing with it.
The 5 common causes of sciatic pain
Sciatic pain generally has a catalyst and more often than not, that catalyst is a spinal condition. Take a look at 5 conditions that are prone to putting you at risk for sciatica:
- Degenerative disc disease: Disc degeneration is a natural, normal part of the aging process. Some people, however, experience a more rapid and severe disc degeneration process than is normal. This means that nerve endings and roots can be irritated and damaged due to disc degeneration, resulting in sciatica symptoms.
- Herniated disc: Lumbar herniated discs occur when the soft, inner portion of a spinal disc begins to leak through its fibrous exterior, resulting in pinched and damaged nerve endings and soft tissues. Herniated lumbar discs almost always cause sciatica and other forms of sharp nerve pain.
- Spinal stenosis: As people age, the spinal canal may begin to narrow. This can cause spinal stenosis, a painful condition often resulting in sciatica and other similar symptoms. Spinal stenosis is most often exacerbated by preexisting conditions, like bulging discs and spinal arthritis.
- Piriformis syndrome: While not technically ‘true sciatica,’ piriformis syndrome causes almost identical symptoms and is often classified as sciatica by medical professionals. Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched by the piriformis, a powerful muscle located in the buttocks.
- Sacroiliage joint dysfunction: Another form of ‘mock sciatica’ is sacroiliage joint dysfunction. This results from irritation of the sacroiliage joint, which sits at the base of the spine. The sacroiliage joint causes pain identical to sciatica when irritated.
Because the causes of sciatica are varied and its symptoms closely resemble those of other health concerns, it’s important to observe a holistic healthcare approach when dealing with sciatica and its related conditions. If you’re uncomfortable with a doctor’s diagnose or treatment recommendation, remember it’s always advisable to seek out a second opinion before beginning any kind of treatment methodology.
The holistic approach to sciatica
Posture Works strives to help San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients understand their low back pain and, where possible, qualify sciatica symptoms. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), our talented, knowledgeable medical professionals pursue a wide range of holistic treatments to help you find the best possible outcomes for coping with this condition.
Reach out to one of our friendly representatives today to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for sciatica patients.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.