Having successfully treated many thousands of patients with Sciatica over the past years we have now established a specialist Sciatica clinic within our practice. The Riverside Chiropractic Clinic specialises in the diagnosis and non surgical management of this debilitating pain syndrome.
Once pain relief is achieved, a strong emphasis is placed on the prevention of recurrence of the condition through specific rehab exercises and lifestyle advice.
The Sciatic Nerve
First let’s take a look at the Sciatic nerve and its important functions. The Sciatic nerve is the widest and longest nerve in the body. It is made up of five different nerves (nerve roots) which come out through nerve canals at the bottom of the spine. These five nerve roots merge in the buttock to form the sciatic nerve which runs the entire length of the leg from buttock to foot.
The Sciatic nerve controls nearly all of the sensation in the leg as well as most of the muscles in the leg and foot.
Sciatica results from pressure on the Sciatic nerve or any of its nerve roots. In most cases the pain starts in the lower back and radiates down through the buttock and into the leg. However in some cases the pain is felt only in the leg. While many patients have had recurrent episodes of low back pain prior to developing sciatica, the leg pain when it starts is often much worse than the back pain. The leg pain can range from mild to severely disabling. Many patients have extreme difficulty with movement and even sitting can be excruciating.
Because branches of the sciatic nerve also control the leg muscles, patients with sciatica often experience weakness of the leg muscles, muscle wastage, loss of foot control (foot drop) and a sense that the leg will give way or collapse when they stand or walk. As with most nerve entrapments, numbness, tingling, pins and needles and sometimes burning sensations or hypersensitivity along a certain area of the skin are common sciatica symptoms.
Learn More About Sciatica
Causes of Sciatica
Ultimately every case of sciatica results from pressure on the sciatic nerve or one of it’s nerve roots. This can be from direct physical pressure from a damaged disc, as a result of swelling from an injury, from arthritis in the spine or more...
Sciatica Treatment & Diagnosis
In most cases sciatica is diagnosed based on the presence of pain in the buttock and leg. However it is important to note that as there are so many potential causes of Sciatica, a thorough case history must be taken and a careful examination...
Recovering from Sciatica
Sciatica often responds well to simple exercises and changes to your daily routines. Self-care measures are important, so avoiding what caused the pain in the first place is a good idea. While rest is important in the short-term, prolonged rest can...