What is Sciatica?
It is a painful condition caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is one of the body’s largest and longest. Roughly the size an adult’s thumb at points, the sciatic nerve is actually a bundle of 5 smaller nerves. This group of nerves starts near the pelvis and extends along the spine down through each leg. There, the cluster branches out to form the main nerves of the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, and foot.
Although this condition can occur as a result of a herniated disc or spinal degeneration it is most often due to joint restriction or misalignment of the vertebrae.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Sciatica
Take note if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Pain, numbness, and/or weakness in your extremities
- Pain and numbness in your calf or the back of your thigh
The symptoms often occur after pain in the lower back. Mild cases present as a dull ache. More severe cases can feel like a shooting pain throughout the length of your leg.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend you come in for a consultation. Make an appointment online anytime.
We are Here to Help
Our mission is to provide a timely and sustainable recovery. We practice a wide range of evidence-based techniques to aid in your recovery, customized to each patient :
Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment to help restore full range of motion.
Therapy modalities such as cold laser or electric stimulation to minimize muscle tightness, pain, and swelling.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to loosen persistent tightness.
Therapeutic stretching to improve your flexibility.
Irondequoit Chiropractic Center is proud to have served the Rochester community for more than 20 years. You can schedule an appointment anytime by contacting our office.