Back Pain & Sciatica

Sciatica Diagram If you experience lower back pain radiating down one leg, you might be dealing with sciatica. Sciatica arises from issues with the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and buttocks down each leg. Though it usually affects only one side of the body, most cases involve lower back discomfort. If you're grappling with this condition, Dr. Gerren Brittian is here to assist.

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. It typically affects one side of the body and can range from a mild ache to excruciating pain.

Certain activities can exacerbate sciatica, such as prolonged sitting or sudden movements like coughing or sneezing. If you're experiencing sciatic pain, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Brittian can provide relief without resorting to surgery.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Herniated Disc: One of the most common causes. A herniated or slipped disc can compress the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve, leading to inflammation and pain.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, which can put pressure on the nerves, including the sciatic nerve.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear on the discs in the spine can lead to disc degeneration, which can also cause pressure on the sciatic nerve roots.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition occurs when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it, causing compression of the nerves, including the sciatic nerve.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, can sometimes irritate or compress the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica-like symptoms.
  • Trauma or Injury: Injuries to the spine or buttocks can damage the sciatic nerve or its surrounding structures, resulting in sciatica.
  • Tumors: Rarely, tumors within the spine or pelvis can compress the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica symptoms.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back pain that radiates down the buttock and leg. Other symptoms may include:

  • Sharp, shooting pain in the leg
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the leg or foot
  • Weakness in the leg or foot
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods

Fortunately, surgery isn't always the sole solution for alleviating sciatic pain. At Brittian Chiropractic Center, chiropractic adjustments can be highly effective in easing lower back pain and sciatica-related discomfort, particularly stemming from injuries common in contact sports like football or hockey. Through straightforward spinal manipulations and adjustments, vertebrae can be realigned, reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve. This leads to improved mobility and a significant reduction in discomfort.

Call Our Chiropractic Team Today

Call (336) 293-8931 today to schedule your appointment with a member of our experienced chiropractic care team. We are always compassionate and professional, ready to provide answers to your questions about sciatic pain.

Remember, understanding sciatica is the first step toward effective treatment and long-term relief. Don't let back pain disrupt your life any longer—reach out to our dedicated team and let us help you on your journey to wellness.