Understanding Sciatica

Understanding Sciatica

Your nervous system is built in a very similar way to a big electrical circuit. Your spinal cord transmits impulses throughout your body and from your brain to your lower back.

From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine then travel to communicate sensation as well as movement to a specific area of your buttock, legs and/or feet. This is what allows you feel sensations such as temperature and pain. Anything that blocks this transmission can cause pain and potential problems.

Diagnosing Sciatica

If you find yourself being diagnosed with a "Lumbar Radiculopathy" what this means that one or multiple nerves that are emerging from your lower back have become irritated or possibly pinched. This often causes pain, a tingling sensation, or numbness in the area in which you have an irritated nerve. The term "Sciatica" is often used to describe this condition.

The reason for this is that most (but not all) "lumbar radiculopathies" involve the sciatic nerve which supplies sensation that runs down the the back & outside of your thigh and calf. Symptoms of a lumbar radiculopathy can at times vary from simply a slight ache to a ongoing and intense shooting pain. Your symptoms are often aggravated by certain positions or movements. 

Solving Sciatica

The way that we are able to work on this condition is by providing treatment to the source of the nerve irritation. It is essential for you to follow your treatment plan closely and be sure to tell us right away if you experiencing any progression of your leg pain, numbness or weakness.

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