Sciatica is a term used to describe a symptom of a leg pain, numbness or weakness and tingling sensation. The symptoms originate from the lower back and travel through the buttock down to the large sciatic nerve that runs through the back of the leg. Our OHP Kelowna chiropractic share their expert opinion on this condition.

In itself, sciatica is not a medical diagnoses but rather a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or lumbar herniated disc. Pain may occur suddenly or may develop gradually. For some people, it worsens when seated, or when coughing or sneezing.

What Causes Sciatica?

sciatic-nerve.jpgSciatica is often associated as a symptom of a ‘pinched nerve’ that affects the lower spinal nerves. The affected nerve may be inside or outside the spinal canal as it passes into the leg. Other known conditions that also cause sciatica include the following:

  • Herniated or slipped disc that places pressure on the nerve root
  • Piriformis syndrome, which affects the small muscle that lies deep in the buttocks, when it spasms or tightens, it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Spinal Stenosis, is a condition that results from the narrowing of the spinal canal, also placing pressure on the nerves
  • Spondylolisthesis, this refers to a slippage of a single vertebra, making it out of line with the one above it. This narrows the opening through which the nerve exists.

Can OHP Kelowna Chiropractors Treat Sciatica?

Absolutely. Sciatica has been known to respond well on a combination of treatment approaches, which include chiropractic adjustments, stretching, massage and cryotherapy or the use of an ice pack.

Chiropractic addresses any misalignments of the pelvis and spine as well as aids in the recovery. On the other hand, massage is used to relax the tight muscles around the spine and the piriformis muscles as well as the trigger points in the lower back and buttocks.

Stretching and ice pack helps reduce inflammation around the nerve, thereby aiding the speedy recovery.