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Sciatica - Sciatic Pain

Sciatica can be troublesome to manage. The team at Balanced Body Chiropractic is experienced in treating and managing the cause of this pain. A full assessment and history will assist us in formulating a treatment plan that is right for you.

Sciatica is the name given to pain that comes from the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve itself. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, beginning at the lumbar spine, passing through the buttock muscles and ending in the leg. Pain can be triggered by nerve injury, irritation or direct pressure. Pressure on the nerve can be caused by a disc prolapse, arthritis, tight buttock muscles and in some very rare cases, a tumour. It is common for sciatica sufferers to have experienced some back pain before sciatic onset. Sciatic pain is characterised by;

  • numbness of the leg and buttock
  • sharp shooting pain down the leg into the foot
  • dull ache in the leg
  • stiff and tender back and buttock muscles
  • hip and/or lumbar spine stiffness
  • *muscle wasting
  • *altered reflexes

*in severe cases

In some cases, depending on the nature and severity of pain, referral for medical imaging may be required. This may be determined by the mode of injury and clinical findings during your examination.


Cause of Sciatic Injury

Sciatica can have traumatic causes such as slips, trips, falls, twisting oddly and lifting injuries. However, repetitive activity such as prolonged standing, walking, heavy lifting, twisting and bending may also cause sciatica symptoms. Coughing and sneezing may also bring on sciatic pain, when disc injury is present.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Our Chiropractors will perform a full examination and history to determine the likely cause of your sciatica. Adjustments to the spine to assist in relieving compression on the exiting nerves that make up the large sciatic nerve are a large part of treatment. Massage and stretching will be appropriate for some patients, to assist in relieving complicating symptoms of sciatica such as muscle tightness. Advice on managing your activity and workload will also be provided; for some patients, this will include a return to work plan. As recovery from sciatic pain is best achieved by staying as mobile as possible, additional advice on appropriate and safe activity, gentle exercise and stretching will be incorporated into your treatment plan.