Issues within the spine can trigger a variety of different types of pain, depending upon the location and nature of the problem. Sciatic pain is a common condition, primarily affecting only one side of the body, caused by an irritation to the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
You might suspect sciatic pain if…
- You feel a constant pain in one side of your rear end
- You experience pain in your rear end or one leg, that is worse when sitting down
- You experience a burning or tingling sensation down one leg
- It becomes difficult to move one leg or foot, or it feels numb
- A shooting pain makes it difficult for you to stand up
- Pain might radiate from the lower back, all the way down one leg and even into the foot
What causes sciatic pain? A variety of conditions can irritate this part of your spine, including…
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of of the spinal canal
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra is slipping over another)
Aside from these primary causes, sciatic pain can be exacerbated by wearing high heels, a lack of exercise, being overweight, or sleeping on an unsupportive mattress.
So, what can you do about it? If you would prefer non-drug management of your pain, chiropractic care might be the answer. The idea behind our treatments is to relieve compression and/or restore movement of the spine, so that it can heal. Over time pain can be reduced and function restored. We can also advise you on changes to your daily habits, that can help you reduce the occurrence or severity of your discomfort.
Schedule a consultation with us, and we will first assess the cause of your sciatic pain. Then together we will create a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.