What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the name of any pain that travels along the sciatic nerve path. Sometimes, the sciatic nerve isn't responsible for the pain or tingling, but the condition is still called sciatica because it occurs in the same area as the sciatic nerve. 

The sciatic nerve runs down both legs. However, when people experience sciatica, they typically experience symptoms in one leg or the other — it's considerably less common for someone to have sciatica on both sides.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica has numerous causes, a few of which relate to the structure of the spinal column. For example, spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal, is a frequent cause of sciatica. Degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc are two additional causes of the pain. Misalignment of the vertebra, osteoarthritis, and trauma to the lower back or sciatic nerve may also spur the development of this condition.

People who are pregnant are at an increased risk of developing sciatica, as the hormones associated with pregnancy cause the body's ligaments to loosen. Loose ligaments can allow the discs in the spine to slip. 

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms can occur anywhere along the sciatic nerve path. Some people will feel pain in the lower back, while others may have discomfort stretching to their toes. Symptoms may be anywhere from a mild ache to a burning, sharp pain. Numbness in the legs or a feeling of “pins and needles” are also common symptoms of sciatica. Some people may notice that the pain becomes worse with movement.

QSM Care for Sciatic Pain Relief

Sciatica often stems from an issue with the spine. QSMcare realigns the spine and reduces pressure on the nerve, making it an effective, conservative method for alleviating sciatic nerve pain. Many people who choose chiropractic therapy for sciatica feel as if their pain is melting away shortly after an adjustment, even if they don't feel much during the session itself.

Your Ann Arbor QSMSpecialists for Sciatica Pain

Lazar Spinal Care is Michigan's only QBoard-Certified QSM chiropractic office. If you are looking for sciatic pain relief, request an appointment today to get started.

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