When the sciatic nerve flares up it can make sitting down difficult, standing painful, and can even make it hard to find a comfortable lying position to sleep in at night. While this is most commonly leg pain, it can radiate up to your back, making it hard to even walk. It can be caused by several different problems, but treatment options at Spine Correction Center of the Rockies can help. Learn how! 

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is neuralgia along the course of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins at your spinal cord, goes down through the hips and buttocks, and then travels down both legs. This nerve is the longest one in the body, so when it hurts you feel it in more than one place. When patients suffer from sciatica, the pain can radiate from their hips down to their legs and can affect how they sit, stand, walk, and even sleep. Sciatica most commonly affects adults ages 25-45 and occurs in up to 10% of the population. 

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling that a patient feels in their legs. It can be caused by injuring the sciatic nerve or just unneeded pressure being placed on it. Sciatica is also a symptom of back problems, like loss of curvature, osteoarthritis, and even disc bulges. The pain can start in the lower back and run down the legs. This nerve is also located in the muscles in the back of the knee and lower leg, so patients sometimes feel sensations all the way down to the foot.  

Sciatica Symptoms

Unfortunately, sciatica pain most always signals that there’s another issue going on. This pain can be mild and infrequent to constant and severe. Most often the pain is only felt on one side of the body, and usually comes on slowly before getting worse after: 

  • Sitting or standing
  • Sleeping at night
  • Sneezing, coughing, or laughing
  • Bending backwards 
  • Walking 

Common Causes of Sciatica

This pain can be brought on by different conditions, like:

  • Bulging disc: a common injury to the spine that happens when spinal discs become damaged. When the body reacts to the injury, it can herniate and push the discs out of place
  • Piriformis syndrome: this is when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks causes pain which in turn causes sciatica 
  • Spondyloisthesis: normally associated with degenerative disk disorder, this affects the lower back and can cause bones in that region to slip out of place
  • Osteoarthritis of lumbar spine: when the cartilage of the joints in the spine begin to disintegrate, osteoarthritis can place pressure upon the nerves in the spine 

Who’s at Risk?

Sciatica can affect everyone, but it most commonly affects patients who:

  • Are aging
  • Overweight
  • Work sedentary jobs
  • Have diabetes 
  • Smoke

Treatment Options 

The treatment plans vary from patient to patient, however sciatica is most commonly relieved with these two methods:

  • Decompression that uses technology to move and stretch the spine slowly and gently. This helps take pressure off compressed discs and self-adjusts force to best meet the patient’s needs.
  • Trigger point injections where the patient will undergo an ultrasound to make sure the injection is done in just the right spot. 

Treat Sciatica with Spine Correction Center of the Rockies

Sciatica can signal there’s further complications in the spine. Here at Spine Correction Center of the Rockies, we will examine your entire body by using x-rays and doing a physical examination. This will help us determine how severe the injury is and the best way to treat it. If you’re experiencing back or leg pain, it could be sciatica. Call us today for a FREE consultation at (970)-658-5115 or contact us here!