What is the Sciatic Nerve?
The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body, traveling from the lower back through the buttocks and legs. Sciatica is a painful condition that develops when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed. The most common symptom of sciatica is persistent sharp pain that starts in the lower back and radiates down through the hips, buttocks, and legs.
Our team can work alongside your primary care physician to ensure you receive the most effective, comprehensive care.
Even though the sciatic nerve runs down both legs, sciatica typically affects only one side of the body. The onset of symptoms is typically quick, and they can last for several days or weeks. Side effects can include pain that increases when sitting, a shooting pain in the thigh, or a tingling sensation in one leg.
Common Causes of Sciatica
The sciatic nerve can become inflamed due to:
- Herniated Discs: Discs serve as cushions between vertebra, minimizing the impact of movement on your spine. Due to age or injury, these discs can degenerate and lose their gel-like fluid, causing the outer ring of the disc to flatten. This condition can place pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Pregnancy: As your pregnancy progresses, the uterus can begin to apply pressure to the sciatic nerve, causing discomfort.
- Spinal Stenosis: As you age, the spinal canal begins to narrow and may press against the sciatic nerve. This condition typically affects patients 60 years of age and older.
- Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle begins in the lower back and extends through the buttocks to the upper thigh. Spasms in the piriformis muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve and lead to sciatica.
During your initial consultation, we can perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of your condition. In addition, we may request x-rays or a series of tests to plan the best treatment for your needs.
At Texas Injury Clinic, our doctors can combine a variety of treatments to alleviate discomfort. Your comprehensive plan may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, or rehabilitation exercises.
Vertebral misalignment can put pressure on the spine and result in a pinched sciatic nerve. To realign your spine, your doctor can provide gentle chiropractic adjustments and manipulation. The number of adjustments performed will depend upon the severity of your symptoms and how quickly your body responds to treatment. As the spine is adjusted, you should notice immediate results and reduced pain.
Sciatica is often triggered by a car accident, work-related injury, or sports injury. By guiding patients through specialized exercises, our physical therapist can help strengthen your core, leg muscles, and lower back. In addition, proper stretching techniques can help reduce inflammation and discomfort.
Our massage therapist can apply advanced therapeutic techniques, focusing on trigger points and tight muscles. This process can help to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Trigger Point Injection
For patients who have not experienced sufficient relief from physical therapy or massage, our doctors may recommend a trigger point injection. During treatment, we can inject a local anesthetic or saline solution into an area containing trigger points, or muscle knots, to help alleviate discomfort and spasms.
If surgery is required to treat your sciatica, we can provide rehabilitation exercises to help restore mobility and function.
If you are suffering from sciatica, our qualified team can help you find relief from painful symptoms. At Texas Injury Clinic we can formulate a treatment plan unique to your needs to help minimize discomfort and improve your range of motion. Schedule your consultation today by calling (817) 624-7222 or filling out our online form.