Your Sciatic Nerve: An 800 Pound Gorilla When Irritated

The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the human body, traveling from the lower back all the way down the leg to the calf and foot. Whew, you don’t want to tick that nerve off. Pressure or tension on the sciatic nerve can unleash the beast of sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica is the condition that is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve.

The Symptoms of Sciatica

Just like no two snowflakes are identical, no two cases of sciatica are the same either. Irritation of the sciatic nerve can cause a number of different symptoms or combinations of symptoms, such as:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • A deep, dull ache
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Electric, radiating pain
  • A loss of strength in the leg or foot

Examples of Sciatic Nerve Pain

The pain from sciatica can be felt anywhere from the lower back down all the way down the leg to the big toe. Here are four different examples of sciatica that people came in to our office with in the past week:

  1. Female with burning, electric pain in her calf muscle and the outside of her foot.
  2. Male with a dull aching pain in the right buttock.
  3. Senior whose leg occassionally loses all its strength when she walks, but she has no pain.
  4. Construction worker who has pain radiating down the back of the thigh.

The list could go on and on, but you get the picture.

How Sciatica Begins

For some, sciatic pain begins suddenly. For example, after twisting awkwardly or lifting improperly.  For many, sciatic pain starts slowly and builds over time. Often patients will feel increased or severe sciatic pain after laughing, sneezing, coughing or straining on the toilet.

The Cause of Sciatica: Spinal Subluxation and it’s Complications

When the bones of the spine become misaligned – stretching, pressure and tension can be placed upon the sciatic nerve causing irritation of the nerve. Often people call this a “pinched nerve”. In chiropractic terms, misalignment of the bones of the spine is called spinal subluxation or vertebral subluxation.

To complicate matters, injury to the spinal disc can occur with spinal subluxation which puts further pressure on the sciatic nerve. Additionally, subluxation can cause the piriformis muscle in your buttocks to spasm and tighten around the sciatic nerve and further compress it. Ouch!

Help For Sciatic Nerve Pain

Thankfully, chiropractic care gets to the root cause of sciatic nerve pain naturally and effectively. By eliminating the cause of sciatic pain, chiropractic care helps to prevent further episodes of sciatica. Ahhh, relief!

A Sacramento Chiropractor with Specialized Care for Sciatica

Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson of Capitol Chiropractic has many techniques and specialized equipment for the care of sciatica.

Dr. Jeri Anderson, DC has received training in the Cox Technic, which is designed specifically for the care of severe or complex sciatic nerve pain. Additionally, Dr. Jeri uses the Hill Air-Flex designed chiropractic tables for gentle decompression, traction and flexion/distraction of the spine and discs to relieve pressure from the sciatic nerve and relieve sciatic nerve pain.

Get Help for Sciatic Pain Today!

Sciatica can be miserable and help for it starts with a phone call. If you are suffering from sciatic pain, call Capitol Chiropractic in Sacramento today!

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