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Our Back in Balance Wellness Center Discusses Sciatica

Sciatica is leg pain, typically experienced down the back of each leg.  The pain originates at the buttocks and extends through the legs.  Sciatica can also manifest itself as a tingling or numbing sensation rather than pain.   It is important to remember that Sciatica is not actually a diagnosis, but rather a symptom of another medical issue.  Sciatica can be a symptom of spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, or degenerative disc disease.  The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, extending down the spine and branching off at several points.  When one of the described underlying conditions occurs near the sciatic nerve people experience what is known as Sciatica.  

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatic nerve pain can take two different forms.  The symptoms will either be a tingling or a painful sensation.  The pain is constant in one side of the buttocks or the legs and is rarely felt in both legs.  Pain is worse when sitting and is described as a searing or burning sensation rather than an ache.  Immediate motion, such as standing up to walk, can cause sudden sharp pain.  The pain radiates downward from the buttocks to the foot, but rarely is experienced only in the foot.  If sciatic nerve pain takes the form of numbness or tingling, patients may report difficulty moving their leg, foot, or even toes.  They may feel weakness or numbness too.  

What Causes Sciatica?

Because the sciatic nerve extends through the spine and down the body there are many conditions that can cause Sciatica.  The root of the sciatic nerve is located at the bottom of the spine, so any back condition in this area can create Sciatica symptoms.  Most typically, patients experience Sciatica with degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis.  Other conditions, such as a herniated disc can also cause Sciatica.  

How Can a Chiropractor Help? 

A chiropractor works to keep the spine and body in alignment.  A chiropractor will first determine what the underlying condition is that is causing Sciatica.  Once the condition is determined a chiropractor will be able to work to put the body into alignment and reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.  Once the pressure is released the sciatic symptoms should decrease as well.  Chiropractic care for Sciatica and the underlying conditions offers a non invasive option for patients.  

Contact Back in Balance Wellness Center in Bangor, ME!

At Back in Balance Wellness Center we are proud to offer chiropractic care to get our patients feeling themselves again.  We are conveniently located at 16 Penn Plaza #22, Bangor, ME 04401.  We are always accepting new patients so please call our office at 207-947-8077 today to set up an appointment.  

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