What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a pain down one and sometimes both legs. It is usually associated with a pinched nerve in the lower lumbar spine. The cause can be anything from keeping a wallet in your rear pocket to a herniated lumbar disc. Dr Spitz has over 32 years of experience treating sciatica. We can usually make the diagnosis without x-rays or MRI, although if either is needed, we can refer you.
Sciatica (pain along the sciatic nerve) can range from mild to severe. The pain usually starts on one side of the lower back and goes down to the buttock and may travel all the way to the foot. You can also have weakness and/or numbness in the leg as well.
The sciatic nerve starts in the lumbar spine and travels down the posterior aspect of both legs to the foot (see chart on right). This is the reason the pain can travel all the way to your foot. As mentioned, there are several reasons you can develop sciatica.
How Long Does it Take for Sciatica to Get Better?
The time it takes to help your sciatica is dependent on several factors including:
- The cause of the sciatica
- Your age
- Your Weight
- If you keep your appointments
- How active you are
If your sciatic pain is due to piriformis syndrome, you will probably be afforded relief quicker than if it’s due to a herniated disc. In either case, relief will be attained fairly quickly for most individuals, but correction of the problem will be longer for a herniated disc.
Helping Sciatica without Medication
Since sciatica can be caused by various conditions such as piriformis syndrome, bulging or herniated disc, spinal misalignment (subluxation), inflamed muscle, or even a spinal tumor, the treatment for sciatica is varied. Once diagnosed, if we think we can help you, we will begin a treatment regimen that is specific to your condition.
In rare instances, surgery to correct the disc herniation or spinal tumor may be necessary. If that’s the case, we will refer you to the proper specialist.
Before you decide on having back surgery please contact Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol in Bristol today. Our team will help you with an concerns you have. Back surgery can be a very permanent option. Please consider chiropractic care before you make that type of commitment. Call us now: 860-583-4346
By David Spitz D.C.