The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve found within the human body, running from each side of the lumbar spine, through the area of the lumbar plexus, and trailing down into the buttocks, the back of the thigh and into the foot.
Sciatica is a medical term used to define a group of symptoms rather than a single injury or condition. The most common symptom for sciatica is pain in the lower back and, although low back pain can be the result of numerous lumbar spine injuries or conditions, various other common symptoms associated with sciatica can closely suggest its presence. Often a result of damage or impingement of the sciatic nerve, many people affected with sciatica experience burning and tingling sensations along the back of the thigh, followed by numbness or cramping. People suffering from sciatica may have difficulty going through their regular activities but chiropractic care can help relieve the symptoms and treat many other underlying conditions causing the pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic treatment for mild to severe cases of sciatica most frequently involves chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations, followed by a specialized series of stretches and exercises accommodated to each individual’s level of injury or condition and its symptoms. Both of these treatments together may speed up the rehabilitation process as well as improve the health of the spine and ultimately reduce the symptoms of sciatica.
Sciatica is used to identify a set of symptoms on the region of the lumbar spine, generally as a result of a previous injury or underlying condition. Regular symptoms of low back pain, stiffness, and burning or tingling sensations could indicate the presence of sciatica. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.