What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a Symptom (not a diagnosis) caused by the negative alteration of biomechanics in the Lumbar spine. The sciatic nerve is form from the nerves exiting your lumbar spine forming to become the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your Low Back (Lumbar Spine) around the back of the pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The nerve then branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term “sciatica” refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve. It is important to note that Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying cause, not a condition itself. At Balanced Life Health Care we will diagnose the cause of your pain and treat it accordingly to help get you back to been pain free!
What’s the nature of Sciatic pain?
Those that suffer with sciatica know how painful this condition can be. For most the pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. True Sciatic pain radiates from the low back all the way down the leg to the foot. Numerous other conditions may cause similar pain, but may not be sciatica.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is generally caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve somewhere along its long and arduous path. Disorders known to cause nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations or misalignments, herniated, slipped or bulging discs, muscle hypertrophy, pregnancy and childbirth and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation or something as simple as sitting on one’s back pocket wallet! Other common conditions such as ‘Piriformis Syndrome’ can cause similar symptoms, but not be sciatica. Our trained Chiropractor at Balanced Life Health Care will help diagnose your pain and symptoms.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Chiropractic care is proven to be safe and effective. Chiropractic care including; adjustments, soft-tissue therapy and physical therapeutics help to reduce the nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and other symptoms related to sciatica. Our Chiropractors at Balanced Life are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of referred pain into the limbs, especially common presentations such as Sciatica.
At Ferntree Gully Chiropractic we treat patients with Sciatica & Nerve Pain with amazing results. If you would like to know if we can help you, visit out Website for more information or to book an appointment
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