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Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. The term "sciatica" refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve. Usually only one lower extremity is affected.

Sciatica isn't a disorder in and of itself. Instead, sciatica is a symptom of another problem involving the nerve, such as a herniated disk.

Symptoms

Pain. It's especially likely to occur along a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf. Symptoms may worsen when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can also be aggravating.

Numbness or muscle weakness along the nerve pathway in your leg or foot. In some cases, you may have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another.

Tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling, often in your toes or part of your foot.

A loss of bladder or bowel control. This is a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a rare but serious condition that requires emergency care. If you experience either of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

How do you get it?

Some causes include:

Herniated Disk. Sciatica frequently occurs when a nerve root is compressed in your lower (lumbar) spine — often as a result of a herniated disk in your lower back. Disks are pads of cartilage that separate the bones (vertebrae) in your spine.

Piriformis Syndrome. Running directly above the sciatic nerve, the piriformis muscle starts at your lower spine and connects to each thighbone (femur). Piriformis syndrome occurs when the muscle becomes tight or goes into spasms, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Prolonged sitting, car accidents and falls also can contribute to piriformis syndrome.

How is it treated?

Chiropractic treatment is based on the philosophy that restricted movement in the spine may lead to reduced function and pain. Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy chiropractors use to treat restricted spinal mobility. The goal is to restore spinal movement and reduce muscle tension. As a result, improve function and decrease pain.

Chiropractors manipulate the spine from different positions using varying degrees of force. Manipulation doesn't need to be forceful to be effective. Chiropractors may also use massage and stretching to relax muscles that are shortened or in spasm.

Some studies done on spinal manipulation have found it to be as effective and safe as standard treatments, especially for initial pain relief.

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