Sciatica pain is very common with people who have back pain caused from a bulging disc or pinched nerve. According to Spine Universe, there are five sets of nerve roots in the lower back. When one of those nerve roots is compressed, a sciatica pain is experienced. Typically, the pain radiates from the root of the cause in the back all the way down the right or left leg.
At Bloomingdale Chiropractic, we believe in educating our patients about what is causing their back and sciatica pain. Since sciatica pain is a common problem for most people, we want to take the time to explain what it is and what causes this condition.
So, what is sciatica pain? Here’s the definition from one of the leading spine research institutes:
Five sets of paired nerve roots in the lumbar spine combine to create the sciatic nerve. Starting at the back of the pelvis (sacrum), the sciatic nerve runs from the back, under the buttock, and downward through the hip area into each leg. Nerve roots are not “solitary” structures but are part of the body’s entire nervous system capable of transmitting pain and sensation to other parts of the body. Radiculopathy occurs when compression of a nerve root from a disc rupture (herniated disc) or bone spur (osteophyte) occurs in the lumbar spine prior to it joining the sciatic nerve.
The most common cause of sciatica pain is from a bulging or herniated disc. When a disc is bulging or herniated, it moves out of alignment and can compress a nearby nerve ending or nerve root, creating a shooting pain down the hip and leg. Unfortunately, herniated discs cause worse damage to the sciatic nerve; a herniated disc leaks acidic chemicals that cause nerve inflammation and increased pain.
If you are experiencing any sciatica pain, call our office to make an appointment. Our proven techniques can help alleviate your sciatica pain and increase your quality of life.