Sciatia in River North… What is it Really?
The term Sciatic is thrown out there quite a bit but what is it and what does it mean?
The Sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and goes down the back of the leg to the foot. There is one on each side of the body. When this nerve is affected in some way, there is a sensation of shooting pain that most commonly starts at the buttock and goes down the leg as short as to the knee or as far as to the foot. When this sensation happens it is termed as Sciatica.But what is really happening and why?
When the sciatic nerve is affected there are three common reasons.
- There is a tiny muscle deep into the buttock called the Piriformis muscle. When the this muscle becomes tightened from overuse or from an injury, it puts pressure right on the sciatic nerve causing that deep dull achey pain and then shoots down the leg.
- When there is a lack of mobility or a misalignment within the joints of the pelvis or the lower back, this too can compress on the sciatic nerve and cause more of a sharp shooting pain.
- When there is disc disease such as a degeneration, a bulge or herniation, or as some like to call it ‘a slipped disc’, the pressure from the disc can hit on a nerve and cause the sciatic sensation down the leg.
There are many other causes of this sciatic pain sensation as well but to properly diagnose and treat this problem, a thorough history and examination must be performed to determine what the actual cause is.
Suspect of sciatic pain? Schedule an appointment today and find out what the real cause of your pain is.
In good health,
Dr. Joanna Reaves
Dr. Joanna Reaves is a Chiropractic Physician passionate about working with patients of all ages. She has experience working with children, pregnant women and athletes.
Dr. Reaves works with health challenges such as acute and chronic pain, weight loss, stress, and those looking to change their lifestyle to better themselves and live a healthy life to their highest potential.
She helps patients to not only eliminate their pain and disease but to prevent it from occurring again. Her preventative care focus is centered on coaching her patients to make lifestyle changes and choices that include changes in posture, correct workplace ergonomics, hydration, regular exercise, and eating a clean diet.
Through chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition, and rehabilitative exercises, Dr. Reaves utilizes a holistic approach allowing our body to heal itself. Eliminating the root cause of pain, stress, or weight gain allows our bodies to heal naturally and prevents illness.