Sciatica Care

The sciatic nerve starts at the lower back and runs down the back of each leg into the feet. It’s the longest nerve in the body! Sciatica, or sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that refers to the pain caused by problems in the sciatic nerve. It can come and go throughout a person’s lifetime, but when it is acting up, it can cause a great deal of discomfort to the patient. Left unchecked, the nerve could become permanently damaged. So, if your sciatica has become a problem, it’s important to get it checked out by the NWA team at Limitless Chiropractic.


Symptoms of Sciatica

  • Fire like pain going down the leg
  • Pins and needles in glutes and back portion of leg
  • Shooting pain from the low back into the glute region
  • Difficulty going from seated to standing


Common Causes of Sciatica

  1. LifestyleWhen the vertebrae in the lower back are compressed, the roots of the sciatic nerve can become pinched and irritated, which causes the pain, discomfort, and injury. Our work, family needs, and lifestyles can create a perfect environment for sciatica.
    • Sitting for long periods of time (road trips or at a desk)
    • Poor posture
    • Repetitive use injuries
    • Trauma (lifting weights, picking something up)
  2. PhysiologicalDisc injuries or bulges often lead to sciatic pains because the abnormal disc presses against the nerve root. These disc issues can sometimes be out of our control, such as during pregnancy or when you’ve experienced a trauma.
    • Misalignments of the spine (posture, pregnancy, trauma)
    • Slipped or bulging disc
    • Muscle being tight pushing on nerve