Sciatica

Overview

Sciatica is one of the most overally, and often incorrectly, diagnosed musculoskeletal conditions. Just because there is pain in the leg doesn’t mean it is truly sciatica.

Sciatica is a condition in which the nerves running from the lumbar spine and sacrum that become the sciatic nerve are irritated. Pain typically

If you’re a sufferer of chronic headaches or migraines, you don’t need convincing that they’re one of the most painful, debilitating conditions you could possibly suffer. Millions upon millions of dollars a year are spent on trying to find relief from this crippling illness. But what causes migraines?

Chronic headaches and migraines may also be caused by a strain of structures in the neck. This then causes inflammation and tension of the joints, muscles and blood vessels at the base of the neck, which then transfers pain up into the skull.

So what can chiropractic do to help? By performing gentle but specific adjustments to the neck and upper back we restore the normal alignment and function of the vertebrae in the neck, which removes the tension that causes headache and migraine symptoms.

There are other factors that contribute to headaches, but these figures, and chiropractors’ everyday experiences show that neck problems are a huge contributor.

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? The answer may be simple. Come in and see what we can do.

Symptoms

  • Pain or aching sensations in the buttock, the back of the thigh, calf, ankle or foot.

  • Increase in intensity of pain when performing strenuous activities, such as lifting or when coughing

  • tingling sensation and reduced strength in the muscles of the leg and foot

     

    Causes

    Sciatica is commonly caused by a slipped or prolapsed disc. When a spinal disc slips it creates pressure on the intervertebral nerve which translates to pain in the area the nerve supplies. Sciatica can also be caused by osteoarthritis. This occurs as a result of a narrowing of the nerve tunnel between intervertebral discs, increasing pressure on the sciatic nerve.

    Diagnosis

    To diagnose sciatica, a health professional may conduct a range of imaging techniques. An x-ray can be used to detect abnormalities such as bone spurs, which may be creating pressure on a nerve. An MRI may be conducted to provide imaging of any soft tissue discrepancies such as a slipped disk.

    Chiropractic Care

    The majority of people who seek a chiropractor are coming because they have either back pain, neck pain or headaches. This is because mechanical issues can cause, contribute to or be a consequence headaches and migraines. As will all initial assessments our chiropractor will conduct a physical, neurological and orthopaedic testing to determine what is the root cause of the headache. In most cases there is an association between the mechanical stress and the symptoms you are experience. If this is the case and chiropractic care is appropriate for you then a plan of action will be developed. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding. To ensure that you have a complete understanding of how to get the most benefit out of our care, your plan of action will include attending a 30min introduction to chiropractic self care workshop.

     

     

    References
    Better Health. (2019). Sciatica [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/sciatica?viewAsPdf=true