Sciatica

ChiroFit

Chiropractors located in Barrington, IL

Sciatica is a symptom, not a condition in itself. It describes the tingling, numbing, and stabbing pain that occurs in your legs, buttocks, and lower back. Sciatica occurs to due compression of the sciatic nerve, which can result due to disc problems or tight muscles. Located in Barrington, Illinois, the doctors at ChiroFit can help get at the core cause of your sciatica and resolve this annoying, debilitating pain. Make an appointment with ChiroFit by calling the office or using the online booking agent.

Sciatica Q & A

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What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe. Usually you only feel it on one side, but sometimes both legs may be affected. Suspect sciatica if you have:

  • Constant pain in a buttock or leg
  • Tingling or burning pain that travels down your leg, sometimes all the way to the foot
  • Pain that intensifies while sitting or driving
  • Pins and needles sensations in one leg
  • Shooting pain when you stand up from a seated position

What is the sciatic nerve?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It starts in the lower back and its roots branch into the spine and lower back. These roots continue through the buttock and run down the back of each leg. When the root or roots of the nerve are compressed or injured, you experience symptoms of sciatica.

What are the causes of sciatica?

Sciatica can occur due to a number of causes. These include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint

How intense your sciatica symptoms are and where you feel them depends a lot on where the nerve is pinched or compressed. For example, if your L4 vertebra is the cause, you may have pain in your thigh, while L5 compromise may cause sciatica symptoms to extend to the big toe and ankle.

How does chiropractic care help relieve sciatica pain?

Chiropractic manipulations improve spinal alignment to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. The staff at ChiroFit also provides instruction on corrective exercise to help relieve muscle tightness and imbalances that contribute to your symptoms. Exercises improve the strength of the muscles that run along the spine, supporting proper function and alignment of your vertebrae. Stretching exercises relieve tightness in the hamstrings and glute muscles that commonly compress the sciatic nerve.

The piriformis muscle runs above the sciatic nerve and assists in hip rotation. It can be tight or injured due to a fall, arthritis, leg length disparities, or overuse. When it becomes tight and injured, it pinches the sciatic nerve.

The benefits of chiropractic and physical therapy are that you’re not just relieving your symptoms, but you’re getting at the root causes of the problem, so it’s less likely to occur in the future.