Does it hurt when you stand or sit?
Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica originates in the lower back, radiates deep into the buttock, and travels down the leg. If a herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve, it causes the nerve to swell and pain shoots through the lower body.
Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following features:
Pain. Sciatica pain is typically felt like a constant burning sensation or a shooting pain starting in the lower back or buttock and radiating down the front or back of the thigh and leg and/or feet.
Numbness. Sciatica pain may be accompanied by numbness in the back of the leg. Sometimes, tingling and/or weakness may also be present.
One-sided symptoms. Sciatica typically affects one leg. The condition often results in a feeling of heaviness in the affected leg. Rarely both legs may be affected together.
Posture induced symptoms. Sciatica symptoms may feel worse while sitting, trying to stand up, bending the spine forward, twisting the spine, lying down, and/or while coughing. The symptoms may be relieved by walking or applying a heat pack over the rear pelvic region.
Relief of Symptoms through chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to provide pain relief in the nervous system and improve day to day activity. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing back pain relief, pain from sciatica and managing chronic pain caused by herniated discs or other spinal abnormalities.