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Nothing is more frustrating than suffering from debilitating symptoms without understanding where they're coming from or what to do about them -- and sciatica is a common source of such frustration. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about sciatica at Old Bridge Spine and Wellness.
The term "sciatica" refers to irritation and impairment of any part of the sciatic nerve or its major nerve roots. Sciatica is considered to be, not a specific condition, but a syndrome of symptoms which may be caused by a variety of underlying triggers.
The sciatic nerve is the principal nerve that relays motor commands and sensations to and from all the smaller nerves of the leg and foot. It attaches to the spinal cord through several nerve roots that make their way through small openings in the spinal column. In most cases of sciatica, these nerve roots become pinched or compressed, disrupting the flow of communications between the brain and the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is a common compliant, especially among people aged 30 to 50. During these years, chronic spinal issues such as bulging discs and spinal stenosis can reduce the amount of space surrounding the nerve roots, causing compression. An acute injury that throws the lumbar spine out of alignment can also cause sciatica.
The most common sciatica symptom is pain in the back of leg which may become aggravated when you're sitting down, coughing or sneezing. You may also experience numbness, tingling sensations, of loss of muscle strength in the affected leg, foot or buttock. Low back pain sometimes occurs with sciatica.
Fortunately, sciatica doesn't usually require surgical treatment. Even so, bouts of sciatica may come and go until you get the underlying problem corrected. Our chiropractor can accomplish this through conservative care.
Our chiropractor performs a detailed examination to find out which nerve root is being compressed, and why. Chiropractic adjustments to that area can then shift spinal structures to stop the impingement.
Spinal decompression therapy can be used to move bulging or herniated discs away from your sciatic nerve roots. We may also recommend physical therapy, orthopedics, and corrective exercises to help your body support a healthier spinal alignment going forward.
Don't let the mysteries of sciatica confound you. Get the solutions you need by calling our Old Bridge chiropractor at (732) 316-5895.
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