As a back pain specialist and chiropractor, Dr Sam Liveriadis is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Like any kind of back pain, sciatica is not a condition in and of itself, rather it's a symptom of a larger health concern. The term "sciatica" gets its name from the sciatic nerve which is the largest nerve in the human body and extends from the lower back all the way down the leg into the foot and toe. If the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated, patients may experience pain along the pathway of this nerve, i.e. low-back pain coupled with pins and needles sensations, numbness, and pain in the legs. Symptoms are typically felt on one side of the body.
Common Causes of Sciatica:
The most common causes of sciatica include:
Lumbar disc herniation: Often called "bulging discs, "slipped discs", or "ruptured discs", disc herniation occurs when the soft inside of spinal disc protrudes outside of the tougher exterior, placing direct pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves, (in this case, the sciatic nerve). Disc herniation can also occur when the connective tissues between the spinal disc and bone separate (avulse) in a process called endplate junction failure.
Bone spurs: The sciatica nerve can also be pinched by overgrowths of the spine called bone spurs. These often develop in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis causes the deterioration of cartilage between the spinal joints. The body tries to compensate by developing bone spurs which may impinge the sciatic nerve.
Pregnancy: Particularly in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, the growing uterus can apply direct pressure on the sciatica nerve, causing shooting pain in the lower back and leg. This is related but different from other types of low-back pain during pregnancy that is caused by hormones changes, weight gain, and stress.
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Prolonged sitting or standing
Chiropractic for Sciatica
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic care for treating conditions causing sciatica, including osteoarthritis, lumbar disc herniation, pregnancy, and more. Your Oakleigh chiropractor, Dr Sam, can diagnosis the source of your sciatic pain, and build an appropriate treatment plan. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve, allowing any damaged tissues or herniated discs to heal. Dr Sam will likely combine chiropractic adjustments with postural analysis and exercise training to help you prevent future episodes of sciatic pain.
For lasting relief of sciatica in Oakleigh, East Bentleigh, Mt. Waverley, and Clayton, contact North Road Chiropractic today.
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