So many patients come into the clinic and tell us they’ve been diagnosed with sciatica. Hmm, really? Sciatica is not a diagnosis – it is a symptom! Sciatica refers to any pain running down the back of the bum and into the back of the leg. Sometimes the pain can even reach as far as the foot! Typically sciatica refers to a sharp, stabbing pain.
There are three main causes of sciatica – a disc disruption/herniation, sacroiliac joint syndrome and piriformis syndrome. We will discuss all three!
- Disc disruption/herniation
The dreaded disc injury! There are varying degrees of disc injuries – the most mild being a slight bulging of the disc and the most severe being a full disc herniation. These injuries are most common in ages 20-45 and occur most frequently after heavy lifting or chronic overloading (repetitive bending at the waist). Lack of exercise and poor core strength can make people more vulnerable to this injury. Through a combination of spinal mobilization, specific exercise, muscle release therapy and IFC for pain control this condition can be effectively managed by your chiropractor!
- Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome
This is a very common cause of lower back pain! The sacroiliac joint is the connection between the pelvis and the spine; you have one on each side. These joints can refer pain down the back of the leg when they’re inflamed or dysfunctional. Pregnancy, a leg length inequality or a slip-and-fall onto the bum can all be causes of this pain. Pain is usually aggravated by any movement so it can be an intrusive pain to have! Luckily it responds very well to spinal manipulation so we can help you if this is the cause of your pain!
- Piriformis Syndrome
There is a muscle in the bum called the piriformis It that can squeeze the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica. If this muscle gets too tight it can cause symptoms down the back of the leg. This pain feels like a literal pain in the butt! It typically feels worse with sitting, but getting up and moving alleviates some of the pain. This condition can be resolved through a combination of spinal manipulation/mobilization to balance the pelvis and alleviate extra stress on the piriformis, muscle release therapy, stretching and strengthening of the glutes and IFC for pain control.
So if you pain running down the back of your leg, book an appointment to see Dr. Steve or Dr. Jenn. With all of these conditions, the sooner you can get them addressed the better! Don’t waste any time and come see us at Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre to get rid of your pain!