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Sciatica

The anatomy of sciatica?

lady with sciatic pain
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin.
Most sciatic pain is caused by disk herniation. One or more lumbar disks bulge (herniate), and intrude into the nerves of the low back traversing down the leg, or it can be caused by other degenerative changes around the nerve outlets which may be pressing on the sciatic nerve.

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of either leg.

Sciatica Nerve Pain Sciatica is often characterised by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
  • Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)

Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Symptoms are usually based on the location of the pinched nerve.

We have experience and we can help you with your sciatic pain

There are 2 primary forms of mechanical treatment for the cause of sciatica:

  1. the medical approach – Spinal surgery which is always invasive
  2. the more conservative and non-invasive treatment Chiropractic spinal adjustments

We will make a thorough diagnosis which may include spinal imaging both X-Rays and Ct or an MRI scan. When we have a diagnostic outcome your doctor of Chiropractic can determine if yours is a Chiropractic or surgical case, and recommend a course of treatment or a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.

In 41 years of clinical Chiropractic practice Dr Richard Singer has sent just 3 or may be 4 cases to surgery, however has helped scores of other people recover. Typically Chiropractors balance the pelvis, release certain associated muscles, and free spinal segments by conservative and gentle spinal adjusting techniques to allow the body to adapt and heal itself, naturally. Schedule your appointment

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Sciatica Treatment Noosa, Sunshine Coast