Sciatica

Overview

  • Increase in intensity of pain when performing strenuous activities, such as lifting or when coughing

  • Pain or aching sensations in the buttock, the back of the thigh, calf, ankle or foot.

  • Tingling sensation and reduced strength in the muscles of the leg and foot

Causes

Sciatica is commonly caused by a slipped or prolapsed disc. When a spinal disc slips it creates pressure on the intervertebral nerve which translates to pain in the area the nerve supplies. Sciatica can also be caused by osteoarthritis. This occurs as a result of a narrowing of the nerve tunnel between intervertebral discs, increasing pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Diagnosis

To diagnose sciatica, a health professional may conduct a range of imaging techniques. An x-ray can be used to detect abnormalities such as bone spurs, which may be creating pressure on a nerve. An MRI may be conducted to provide imaging of any soft tissue discrepancies such as a slipped disk.

Chiropractic Care

The majority of people who seek a chiropractor are coming because they have either back pain, neck pain or headaches. This is because mechanical issues can cause, contribute to or be a consequence headaches and migraines. As will all initial assessments our chiropractor will conduct a physical, neurological and orthopaedic testing to determine what is the root cause of the headache. In most cases there is an association between the mechanical stress and the symptoms you are experience. If this is the case and chiropractic care is appropriate for you then a plan of action will be developed. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding. To ensure that you have a complete understanding of how to get the most benefit out of our care, your plan of action will include attending a 30min introduction to chiropractic self care workshop.

References
Better Health. (2019). Sciatica [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/sciatica?viewAsPdf=true