What can cause sciatica?
Sciatica is a very distinct symptom. If you are experiencing pain that flows from your lower back through your buttock area and into your lower limbs, it’s typically sciatica.
Sciatica is the result of damage or injury to your sciatic nerve, Other symptoms may include the following:
You may have pain that gets worse with movement.
You may have numbness or weakness in your legs or feet, which is usually felt along your sciatic nerve pathway. In severe cases, you may experience a loss of feeling or movement.
You may feel the sensation of pins and needles, which involves a painful tingling in your toes or feet.
You may experience incontinence, which is the inability to control your bladder or bowels. This is a rare symptom of cauda equina syndrome (CES), which is described below, and it calls for immediate emergency attention.
What can I do to prevent sciatica?
The following steps can help you prevent sciatica or keep it from occurring again:
Exercise often. Strengthening your back muscles and your stomach or core muscles is the key to maintaining a healthy back.
Mind your posture. Make sure your chairs offer proper support for your back, place your feet on the floor while sitting, and use your armrests.
Mind how you move. Lift heavy objects in the proper way, by bending at your knees and keeping your back straight.
Our treatment options for sciatica are:
Physical massage therapy
To strengthen core muscle groups that support the low back, improve mobility and flexibility, and promote proper positioning and posture.
Spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization
To mobilize, adjust, massage, or stimulate the spine and the surrounding tissues.
Trigger point injections can relax knotted muscles (trigger points) that may contribute to back pain.
Is a non invasive system which is externally applied, and uses patented long wave radio frequencies to create intense tissue stimulation. It helps to reduce back pain and speed up recovery.
Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling
Is moderately effective for chronic low back pain. It involves inserting thin needles into precise points throughout the body, which may cause the body to release naturally occurring painkilling chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and acetylcholine. This procedure is virtually painless.
Surgery may be needed for severe pain or situations in which you have lost control of your bowel and bladder or have developed weakness in certain muscle groups of the lower extremity.
The two most common types of surgery are discectomy, in which part of the disk that’s pressing on nerves that make up the sciatic nerve is removed, and microdiscectomy, in which the disk removal is done through a small cut while your doctor uses a microscope.