Sciatica is a collection of painful symptoms in your lower back, buttocks, and legs caused by compression of your sciatic nerve. At Danville Chiropractic Neurology in Danville, California, Christine Thompson, DC, DACNB, provides expert diagnosis and customized treatment to alleviate your symptoms and reduce the compression in your spine. If you’re concerned about sciatica, call Danville Chiropractic Neurology or schedule a consultation online today.
Sciatica is the name for the collection of symptoms caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in your lumbar (lower) spine. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It extends from your lower back down to your buttocks, where it splits and continues down the back of your thighs, ending just below your knees.
Sciatica symptoms include:
Sciatica varies among patients. You might have a constant dull ache or intermittent shooting pains or electric sensations. You may feel fine one day but have trouble moving the next.
A wide range of injuries and conditions can compress your sciatic nerve and trigger your symptoms. A herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica. A herniated disc occurs when a tear in one of the discs that cushion your vertebrae allows the gel-like interior to bulge out into the spinal canal.
Other causes of sciatica include:
Your risk of sciatica increases as you age. You’re most likely to develop the condition in your 30s and 40s. Additionally, if you have a sedentary lifestyle or if you have a job that requires heavy lifting, you may be more likely to injure your back and develop sciatica.
Dr. Thompson provides comprehensive exams to diagnose sciatica and identify its cause. During your exam, she asks about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. Dr. Thompson also guides you through some exercises that stretch your sciatic nerve. If you get a shooting pain down the back of one or both of your thighs, you have sciatica.
If your symptoms persist for longer than a month or two, Dr. Thompson may order X-rays and MRIs to pinpoint the condition causing the compression.
At Danville Chiropractic Neurology, Dr. Thompson uses a functional neurology approach to relieving sciatica and addressing the root cause. She creates customized treatment plans combining innovative neuroscience techniques with chiropractic and physiotherapy to restore optimal body function.
If you’re concerned about sciatica, call Danville Chiropractic Neurology or make an appointment online today.