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  • Fri 31st May 2019 - 10:31am
    The term "Sciatica" typically refers to pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the leg. Caused by injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve, the symptoms of sciatica are indicative of an underlying issue. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body, its branches transmitting motor and sensory signals throughout the leg. Any compression or inflammation of the nerve can potentially cause sciatica symptoms. A few of the most common causes of sciatica include a slipped disk, Piriformis Syndrome, and pelvic injuries. Chiropractic adjustments seek to relieve the symptoms while also eliminating the root cause of those symptoms by restoring skeletal function and nerve compression. Many individuals suffering from sciatica describe the pain as achy and sharp, like pins-and-needles. Others experience tingling and numbness with possible burning sensations. The pain usually occurs on just one side, beginning near the hip and radiating down the back of the leg to the calf, or even the foot. Sometimes sciatica symptoms worsen after standing or sitting, sleeping, sneezing, laughing, or bending backwards. Occasionally, the pain is severe enough to immobilize, rendering a person unable to walk. Patients with sciatica symptoms are physically examined to help determine potential causes. Often, these tests will show weakness in the knee bending, difficulty in the foot turning downward, weak reflexes, loss of sensation, or pain when lifting the leg straight up off a flat surface. A thorough review of the patient's medical history along with tests such as x-rays and electrodiagnostics will assist in determining the cause and most effective treatment.

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