So you have pain down your leg?

Pain traveling down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg is a sign of sciatic nerve compression.  The term for this phenomenon is simply known as “Sciatica”.  Pain can be experienced along with numbness and tingling as well.

When the disc between two vertebrae bulges or herniates, it can come into contact with the exiting nerve root at that level.  If that nerve root is one that makes up the sciatic nerve, it will result in symptoms of sciatica.  Disc compression on the sciatic nerve is not the only cause for sciatica.  Other causes are arthritic or inflamed facet joints, muscle spasm choking the nerve, local inflammation irritating the nerve, stenosis, tumors, to name a few.

Low back pain is often associated with the pain traveling down the affected leg, often of sudden onset from bending and/or twisting.  There usually is  a past history of several bouts of low back pain  that resolved.

Chiropractic adjustments has shown to be one of the most effective methods in the treatment of low back pain and sciatica.  However, a chiropractor will do the proper assessment to determine the best treatment for his/her  patient’s condition.  Some treatments may include, Active Release Techniques, traction/decompression, blocking, physiotherapeutic modalities.

If symptoms evolve to loss of bowel or bladder control, it is known as the condition “Cauda Equina”.  This is a medical emergency and one should go directly to the ER.