Pain shooting down the leg, numbness or tingling in the leg doesn’t necessarily mean that the cause of the discomfort is located in the leg. The cause of the shooting pain can actually be located further up, in the spine.
Sciatica isn’t a condition itself but a symptom stemming from of a bulging or herniated vertebral disc, which may be pressing on or impinging the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is often characterized by the following symptoms:
- Discomfort on one side of the buttock or in one leg that is worse when sitting
- Burning up or tingling down the leg
- Some weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or feet.
- A regular pain on one side of the rear
- A clear , crisp pain that may make hard to stand up or to walk
Pain associated with Sciatica often starts in the low back, and is often due to a herniated disc, or it may originate in the glutes (butt), and can extend as far as your feet, and to the toes. It can be accompanied by numbness, a ‘pins and needles’ sensation known as paresthesias, or in some severe cases patients report actual physical weakness affecting the extremities, such as the ankles and toes.
Sciatic pain is referred to as “radiculopathy” in medical conditions.The pain often follows the path of a single spinal nerve root such as the (L5).
This is often the case with sciatica, when it is caused by a herniated disc or bulging disc. If the impinged or irritated nerve is located in the lumbar spine, the sciatica – or leg pain – is often accompanied by back pain.
Sciatica Treatments.Sciatica pain may ease on its own, and most episodes of pain can heal in about six to twelve weeks.
However sciatica, and back pain, when left untreated can increase and over time develop in to a serious problem that requires professional care.
For others, when the pain is severe or does not get better on its own, a more structured pain management program (including specific physical therapy and exercise), and possibly surgery, may offer the best approach to finding pain relief and preventing or minimizing future flare-ups of sciatica.
Along with techniques like massage therapy, and acupuncture, Chiropractic manipulation helps to provide proper spinal alignment and can help relieve sciatica symptoms.
There are many non-surgical options to treating painful sciatica symptoms. l Chiropractors, physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists), and physical therapists, and pain medicine specialists posess specialized knowledge and training with which to provide pain relief and to help prevent the recurrence of sciatica.