The sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs from your lower back, down your buttock and hip, the back of your leg, and down to your calves and toes. Each vertebra in the spine has a nerve associated with it. In your lower back, these nerves exit and combine to form the sciatic nerve together.
The sciatic nerve can get irritated or pinched before it exits the spine, or the entire sciatic nerve can get entrapped after it leaves your spine. Therefore, sciatic nerve pain can provide many different signs and symptoms.
Understanding Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment in Rochester, MN
Sciatic nerve pain and irritation can show up as:
- Muscle Weakness
These sensations can be localized to one spot or can be down your entire leg.
When you are between 20-65, this is often due to disc irritation, bulge, or herniation. Many people will reach down to tie their shoe or pick up something light and feel an instant pain in their back or down their leg. This single incident didn't cause your injury, but it was more than likely the result of injury over time. When we don't utilize our abdominal wall correctly, this can cause strain on back muscles and discs, leading to injury over time.
Other times this can be caused by lifting a heavy object with improper form or core stabilization.
If you are over 65, this is often the result of spinal stenosis. As our spine gets arthritis, it can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve.
We will determine the cause and have a treatment to help you at Skare Spine and Performance.
We have several methods for treating sciatica at Skare Spine and Performance in Rochester. One of the most effective initial treatments for sciatica will be from the McKenzie method. McKenzie movements utilize pain-free movements to help restore normal function in your spine and alleviate your symptoms. Once we find the movement best for you, these simple movements will be a tool for you at home to help speed up your recovery.
We also utilize a Flexion-Distraction table in the right cases, which can help speed recovery by applying gentle distracting forces to the spine.
We will then transition to strengthening and stabilizing your abdominal wall to prevent sciatica and give you the tools to get back to work and life.