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Do I have Sciatica?
What are common symptoms of Sciatica?
Sciatica starts in the lower back and travels into the thigh. In extreme circumstances, it can travel further down the leg as far as to the feet and toes. Sciatica is noly only felt as pain, but can be felt as a tinging or burning sensation.
If the conditions worsens, there can be numbness or weakness of the legs muscles and patient only feel like their leg muscles will not support their body. In most cases, sciatica affects on leg. Only in extreme cases does it affect both legs. It will often seem it may be in one leg one day and then travel to the other leg another day.
What causes Sciatica?
Sciatica gets its name from inflmation of the Sciatic nerve. The Sciatic nerve is composed of 5 different nerve roots. (lumbar 4 and 5 and sacral nerves s 1, s 2, and s 3. All of these 5 nerve roots come together to form the largest nerve in the human body. That is why sciatica is so common. It is the largest nerve in the body and can get irritated at either of 5 different nerve roots. The sciatic nerves allow you to move your legs and walk, feel sensation and is multifaceted in function.
What are the most common causes of Sciatica?
Trigger points, or knots in the muscles of the buttocks or low back which can cause the sensation of pain down the leg, are the most common causes of Sciatica. A trapped nerve in the lumbar and sacral area can also affect the sciatic nerve. A disc herniation (slipped disc) can press on the lower lumbar nerve roots thus causing Sciatica.
Finally, piriformis syndrome is a condition where the Sciatica nerve runs under and sometimes through the piriformis and when the piriformis muscle gets tight, it can irritate the sciatic nerve.
How do you treat Sciatica?
Sciatica can be treated throught a combination of Chiropracticadjustments, massage, stretching and ice packs or biofreeze. The leander or flexion distraction table can treat sciatica. If you are ready for relief from your Sciatica, call our New Braunfels Chiropracticoffice at (830) 632-5008.
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Watson Lane Chiropractic and Wellness
Dr. Vanessa Vajdos DC
6781 Farm to Market 1102
New Braunfels, TX 78132
Phone: (830) 632-5008
"I love to see my patient leave here happy...I've been a Chiropractor now for twenty-five years and have never grown tired of it. Each patient has specific needs and each patient is special to me.
My favorite part of what I do for a living is
making people happy and
healing people naturally."
~ Dr. Vanessa Vajdos, DC