Sciatica is the medical term for pain running down the back of the leg that doesn’t come from the leg itself but from the nerve pathway that supplies the leg. Sciatica is in reality a symptom not a disease because there are MANY possible causes.
Many of us get an ache in the back of the thigh when our backs are ‘playing up’ which is usually very easy for us to treat. If you can still sleep comfortably, are not crying down the phone to your chiropractors and walk around pretty normally you don’t have true sciatica. This common ache in the back of the leg from the back is ‘referred pain’ not true sciatica.
True sciatica has the characteristics of ‘nerve pain’ .. very intense, very deep often burning pain down the back of the leg which tends to put your life on hold. If you have this type of pain there is almost certainly pressure on a nerve somewhere deep in your back or pelvis.
Treating true sciatica successfully is a job based on the ability to identify the underlying cause. If we can figure out what’s causing it we can usually find a way to relieve it. The list of possible underlying causes includes disc injuries, muscle spasm in the hip and degenerative joints in the low back to name but a few. Getting the right tests done is the key to solving the mystery and we often find we can identity and treat without the need for x rays and scans.
If you are suffering from leg pain sciatic or otherwise and would like some relief feel free to call us and we will make you an appointment as soon as possible at our chiropractors office because we know how unpleasant it can be.