Archive for October, 2010

Sciatica Nerve and Leg Pain

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Sciatic Nerve Pain

When experiencing stress, irritation or compression, the sciatic nerve can cause pain at any point in its distribution, either in the lower back, buttocks, hamstrings, knees, legs, calves, feet and/or toes.  The pain usually starts in the buttocks and extends down the rear of the thigh and lower leg to the sole of the foot and along the outer side of the lower leg to the top of the foot.  Back pain is found with sciatic leg pain about 50% of the time.

The amount and location of pressure on the nerve as it exits the lower back determines the intensity of the pain.  It can cause problems in one leg or both at the same time.  The pain can also switch back and forth from one side to the other.

Symptoms Often Include

The symptoms of sciatic leg pain (sciatica) are not always the same in all individuals. .

It may send jolts of pain into your leg that feels much like “touching a live electric wire.”

It may hurt or throb “like a toothache” in any part of your leg or foot.

It may cause deep numbness or a feeling of “pins and needles” in your leg, foot or toes.

It may hurt more or less when seated, standing, walking, bending or lying down.

It may come on quickly as a result of bending or lifting, or slowly develop over time.

It may be increased when you cough, sneeze, bend of lift, and pain ranges anywhere from an annoyance to the most miserable pain imaginable.

Symptoms may be constant or “come and go” nature.  Some people experience just one or two of the above symptoms.   Other people experience the majority of them all at once.

The Most Common Causes

The three most common causes of sciatic leg pain are a bulging, herniated or decayed disc in your lower back.  Any of these can compress the sciatic nerve as it comes off your spine.  The result is frequently any of the symptoms previously described above.

The problem is frequently caused by a lifting injury.  Other events can include a slip, fall, auto accident, breakdown from a previous injury, repetitive work positions, and in many cases of slow development, comes about simply from the process of living.

Common Things To Avoid

Sciatica often worsens with extended rest or long periods of sitting.  Long-term heat can cause sciatica to worsen.

Be careful to keep your environment free of things where you could unnecessarily slip of fall.  Avoid moving machinery and optional lifting to reduce chances of a greater injury.

Back braces weaken muscles over time and should be avoided, as they set the stage for an even more serious injury.

Try to avoid too many temporary pain relievers at the risk of allowing time for the cause to crow worse.

Due to a 50/50 chance of surgical failure, all non-surgical options should be exhausted, with surgery being viewed only as a last resort. 

What Can Be Done To Help?

Disc Decompression Therapy is a highly-successful, non-surgical treatment in helping with sciatic nerve pain.  It frequently works when other approaches will not.

With disc decompression therapy, the gentle, repetitive, cyclical, stretching revolutions create a negative vacuum in the disc helping to remove pressure off the sciatic nerve.  This also promotes fluid exchange to help the cause of the sciatic pain, the damaged disc, to heal naturally. The percentage of success is very high, and treatment is comfortable, relaxing and even enjoyable.

ChiroCenter is pleased to offer the people of Troy and Miami County more available decompression equipment options than any other spinal care facility in the area that we are aware of, and we offer the most time-tested non-surgical techniques available in the field of back care.  These are just some of the reasons why our percentage of treatment success is so high for so many people.

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About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.