Sciatica is a broad term that is used to describe inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a peripheral nerve that runs down the back of each leg. When irritated, it can cause pain in the back, leg, hip, pelvis, neck and buttock.
Usually irritation of the sciatic nerve involves compression injuries either by soft tissue and surrounding muscles or the inflammation may arise from a herniated disk pressing on the associated upstream nerve roots. Here, we will dive deeper to explain what sciatica is, common causes of pain in sciatic nerve, common symptoms as well as treatment options available for treating this painful and debilitating condition.
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is a relatively large and anatomically prominent nerve that starts in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg to form multiple sub branches that innervates various parts of the our lower extremity.
The term sciatica refers to inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This diagnosis is non descriptive and does not capture the site of compression or the cause of the compression, hence a proper assessment is necessary to identify causes and design an appropriate treatment plan.
If you experience the symptoms of sciatica, it is imperative to have it assessed and diagnosed professionally by a chiropractor or a physiotherapist to determine the cause of the sciatica since the nerve can be pinched or irritated from multiple different factors and at various sites along the nerve tract.
Schedule Your Appointment Now
Request your appointment online and our team of experts will reach out shortly!
Why Choose Fulcrum Therapy Sciatica Treatment?
At Fulcrum Therapy, our practitioners work together and collaboratively to treat our patients. It may seem very confusing when deciding which practitioner to see for which problem.
This is difficult because all disciplines and practitioners can assist in their own way in helping the issue. What works incredibly well for our patients at Fulcrum is our multidisciplinary approach, practitioner communication and making appropriate recommendations when we believe combining another therapy may speed up the healing process for our patients.