Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. This condition usually results from an injury or trauma, but Aligned Medical Group, P.C. has ample experience treating sciatic nerve pain. In their Paoli, Pennsylvania, office, they offer treatments including spinal manipulation, heat and cold therapies, massage, and more. Call or book an appointment online.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body, running from your lower back all the way down to your toes. It begins as a cluster of nerve fibers in your lower spine, connecting to form one large nerve.
The large nerve travels through an opening in your pelvis. The sciatic nerve branches off into smaller nerves as it travels the whole way down to the toes.
Sciatica is the term given to the pressure on the sciatic nerve that shoots pain down one or both legs. Some other common symptoms of sciatica are:
The pain can range from mild to severe and can have a significant, negative impact on your mobility. Typically, sciatica only affects one side of the body.
If you’re experiencing loss of bladder or bowel control, this is one of the more severe symptoms, and it’s especially important you seek medical care. Doing so ensures your sciatica doesn’t develop into an additional complication.
Sciatica can be caused by:
Certain other factors can exacerbate your sciatic pain, such as:
The most common cause of sciatica is a ruptured or herniated disc in the spine pressing against the nerve. Sciatica can also occur as a result of other spinal-related complications, such as bone spurs, the narrowing of the spinal canal, and arthritis.
Some of the treatment options for sciatica include:
If you’re dealing with sciatica symptoms, one of the skilled specialists at Aligned Medical Group, P.C. can walk you through their range of treatment options. Call to set up an appointment or book online.