SPINAL NERVE DECOMPRESSION
WHAT IS SCIATICA AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
WATCH VIDEO Sciatica is simply caused by sciatic nerve compression. As shown to the right, the sciatic nerve begins in the lower region of the back and runs to the backside and down the leg. Sciatic nerve pain can have many causes, including things like a herniated disc, spinal cysts, or a tumor. The most common cause of sciatic nerve pain are aging and wear and tear on spinal discs in combination with sudden changes in pressure.
WHAT THINGS CAN I DO TO PREVENT SCIATICA?
There are no specific techniques for sciatica prevention as sciatica causes are related to so many other spinal conditions. The risks can be mitigated by maintaining the health of the spine and pelvis. This can be done by maintaining a healthy body weight, not sitting in one place for prolonged periods of time, using chairs with firm back support, exercising regularly, and maintaining core strength. Also, it is helpful to bend properly, lift properly, and avoid twisting of the body.
IF I HAVE SCIATICA, WHAT SYMPTOMS MIGHT I EXPERIENCE?
Sciatica symptoms include sharp constant pain on one side of the rear leg that can affect standing or walking, weakness or loss of motor function in the leg or foot, and numbness or tingling down one leg.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR?
A doctor should be consulted when the amount of pain is affecting your quality of life.
HOW IS SCIATICA TREATED?
Sciatica is first treated by conservative measures such as chiropractic adjustments or osteopathic manipulation. These treatments manipulate the spine to reduce the amount of separation of the surfaces in the joint resulting in an increased range of motion. Other types of conservative treatment include prescription medications and acupuncture. It is only after conservative therapy does not provide adequate relief that a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be considered.