The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower back, through the pelvis, hips, and buttocks and down each leg. It supplies feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve.
Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging disc, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the nerve. When this happens it causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica, the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. We can help you with this.
How do you know if you have sciatica? Pain will radiate from your lower back to your buttock and down the back of your leg. This is the hallmark sign. It may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electrical shock. The pain may start gradually and intensifies over time. It is likely to be worse when sitting, coughing, or sneezing.