When someone has a pain that goes down their back into their leg, they say they have Sciatica. What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a widespread type of pain that affects the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower back into each of your legs.
Symptoms of Sciatica pain are:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the back of your legs that could be worse when you are sitting
- Hip pain
- A burning sensation or a tingling that runs down your leg
- A consistent pain on one side of your rear
- Shooting pain down your leg when you try to stand up
While you have sciatic nerves on both sides, the pain is usually isolated to one side of your body. Depending on how serious the condition is, you can feel pain from your lower back down into your foot.
What causes Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is caused by an inflammation or irritation of the root of the lower lumbar, or lumbosacral spine.
The causes of sciatica pain vary widely from the ordinary to the serious. Sciatica pain is a common symptom in women during pregnancy. Dr. Vanessa Troise works with pregnant women regularly on a full range of prenatal chiropractic services, including aches and pain associated with pregnancy.
Another cause of sciatica pain can be a simple muscle spasm. Spasms themselves come about from a wide variety of reasons, such as fatigue, sports injury, dehydration, overworking a muscle or not correctly stretching before a workout.
Sciatica can be a symptom of a more serious issue
Sciatica pain can be a symptom of a serious problem related to your spine, including Spinal Stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. Degenerative disc disease, or a herniated disc, is a condition where your discs, which are the shock absorbers throughout your spinal column start to break down. Another condition is called Spondylolisthesis, which is more commonly known as a slipped disc.
Different options for different patients
Since the causes of Sciatica vary so much, there is no one form of treatment that is right for everyone. As a part of your visit with Dr. Troise, she will go through your entire history and do a thorough examination to determine the cause of your sciatica pain. From there, she will suggest what course of treatment is best for your individual case.
Conditions and habits that make back pain worse.
Back pain can be exacerbated by some of our behaviors, habits, or even our environment. If your bed is too hard or too soft, you can be making your back pain worse even when you are trying to rest, sleep, or relax. High heels are often a culprit as well for making back pain worse.
Being overweight, putting excess weight on your back can also be a problem for so many people. Along with working with you to take care of your immediate plan, Dr. Vanessa Troise can work with you to come up with a nutrition and exercise plan so you can start to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Call Dr. Vanessa Troise Today
Do not start a new exercise plan without consulting with Dr. Troise. If your back condition is serious, specific exercises can make matters worse. Dr. Troise will help you to come up with a plan that is right for you. Call Dr. Vanessa Troise to make an appointment for a consultation to come up with the best approach for sciatica pain. Our office phone number is (516) 798-1887, or you can drop us a message through our website, and we will call you at your convenience.