Sciatic Nerve Pain Symptoms in West Bloomfield, MI
Sciatic Nerve Pain, commonly known as Sciatica is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve and causes pain in the lower back that radiates through the buttocks and down the legs.
Sciatica is not a condition, but rather a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and broadest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back and all the way down the legs into the knees. If the nerve is damaged, compressed or inflamed, you will most likely experience discomfort in these areas.
The Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatic nerve pain symptoms usually only occur on one side of the body. Common symptoms include lower back pain and pain in the buttocks or back of one leg. This can become worse when sitting for extended periods.
Hip pain, weakness or numbness in the leg and foot, as well as shooting pain that makes standing up difficult are also common symptoms of an inflamed or compressed sciatic nerve. Pain and weakness may also extend down the leg as far as the foot or toes.
The Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain
There are varied causes of sciatic nerve pain. It is commonly triggered by irritation to the lower lumbar region. Disc injuries or bulges can also contribute to sciatica.
Sciatica is often seen in individuals with misalignments of the spine due to poor posture.
Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, Degenerative Disk Disease and a condition called Spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra has slipped forward over another), also lead to sciatica.
What are your treatment options?
Self-care is recommended in acute cases of sciatica. This includes over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, heat and cold compression packs and gentle stretching exercises.
However, if left untreated, sciatic nerve pain can become worse with time and result in permanent nerve injury.
Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat are available to help if your symptoms persist or become worse. They are trained to recognize what part of the sciatic nerve may be affected and will assist you with personalized treatment.
Chiropractic therapy is effective, yet gentle and patients report an improvement in their overall health after just a few treatments.
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