Sciatica is a condition that is characterized by pain in the low back or buttock region that travels down into one or both of the legs. The pain intensity and frequency can vary in patients suffering from sciatica. Pain is often described as sharp, electric shocks. Burning, numbness and tingling sensations are also often associated with sciatica.
Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve which is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It supplies almost all of the skin of the leg, the muscles in the back of the thigh, as well as those of the leg and foot. Sciatica is often caused by misaligned lumbar (low back) vertebra, herniated disc(s), pregnancy and childbirth. A condition known as piriformis syndrome is an extremely common cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that is located in the lower back and connects to the upper part of the thigh. The sciatic nerve runs underneath the piriformis muscle; therefore, any type of piriformis muscle injury or tightness can lead to compression of the sciatic nerve.
It is of utmost importance to determine what the actual cause of the sciatica is so that the underlying cause can be addressed. Chiropractic treatment is extremely beneficial in relieving the symptoms associated with sciatica. The Spine Journal recently published a study concerning the effectiveness of chiropractic care in patients with acute back pain and sciatica. The results demonstrated that chiropractic treatment was an effective drug free treatment option.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms like those described call our office at 773.880.0880. Dr. Lazarowich will perform a detailed history and physical examination so the best treatment can be implemented.
Santilli, Valter, Ettore Beghi, and Stefano Finucci. “Chiropractic Manipulation in the Treatment of Acute Back Pain and Sciatica with Disc Protrusion: a Randomized Double-blind Clinical Trial of Active and Simulated Spinal Manipulations.” The Spine Journal 6.2 (March, 2006): 131-37.