Sciatica, also known as sciatic nerve pain, is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower part of the spine through the buttocks, down the entire leg. When the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or irritated, pain can radiate down the entire length of this nerve, which is the longest in the human body.
In addition to pain down the length of the sciatic nerve, patients commonly experience numbness, tingling, or pins and needles sensations. Lower back pain, numbness along the sides of the thighs, pain radiating from the lower back, and tingling in the calves are all signs of sciatica.
Causes of Sciatica
There are many potential underlying causes of sciatica pain. Often, it is caused by a ruptured or herniated disc in the lumbar spine that pinches the sciatic nerve. In other cases, sciatica can be traced to osteophytes, a type of bony growths more common in patients with osteoarthritis. Some women may experience sciatica as result of the growing uterus placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. People who are older, overweight, or lead a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to experience this painful condition. Sitting for long periods of time contributes to sciatica by increasing the load on the spine.
Depew Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain
To prevent chronic sciatica symptoms and avoid further damage to the nerve, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Dr. William Palmer at Buffalo Chiropractic Center treats many patients suffering from sciatica in Depew, NY. Dr. Treatment begins with an investigation of the underlying causes of your pain. Dr. Palmer will identify whether there are any spinal misalignments (subluxations) irritating the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic treatment for sciatic nerve pain eases pressure on the nerve, preventing further damage and allowing inflamed tissues and herniated discs to heal. Call Dr .William Palmer at Buffalo Chiropractic Center to seek relief from your sciatica in Depew, Lancaster, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, and Elma, NY.