It is important to remember that sciatica is not really a disease, but a symptom of other underlying problems within the spine and lower back. Patients often notice that they had extreme lower back pain a few weeks or even months before leg pain. The leg pain then began to hurt worse than the back pain. Sometimes, the back pain disappears as the leg pain worsens.
Sciatica in the Leg
The leg is where sciatic pain is generally found. Many patients find themselves disabled by the pain of sciatica in the leg. Sciatic leg pain is generally a very sharp pain as opposed to a deep throbbing pain.
Patients have often said "it feels as if I were being stabbed with a sharp knife in my legs and knees." If you are suffering from sciatica in the legs, you may notice a tingling feeling and a sharp burning sensation. Often, your leg pain intensifies after you have been sitting for a long period of time and then stand up and move around. The pain is worse after sitting due to the pressure that is put upon the nerve while sitting. Many patients have complained that their legs feel as if they "fell asleep" due to the sharp, tingling sensation.
Sciatica in Pregnancy
Many pregnant women develop sciatica regardless of age. Sciatica in pregnancy usually is a result of the baby's head pressing against the sciatic nerve. Although this condition can occur at any time during a pregnancy, it is more likely to occur during the second and third trimester. This is because the baby's head is much larger and much heavier and because the head is sitting lower down during the last two trimesters.
Sciatic pain comes from nerves, not bones or muscles.
Even after the baby is born, the pain can still linger. Because this form of sciatica is caused by the baby's position in the uterus, little can be done about the root cause of the pain until after the baby is delivered. I recommend that women suffering from pregnancy-related sciatica come in at least once or twice a month so that I can relieve them of pain. Once the baby is born, we can then eliminate the problem entirely.
If your sciatica is caused by your spine being out of adjustment, then my treatment will alleviate not only the pain, but also the root cause of your pain. The use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which relieves muscle pains and spasms, may be employed as well as ultrasound to improve blood flow to the muscles and nerves.
You can rest assured that all chiropractic treatments
will be gentle and that I will be committed to helping you get your life back, free from pain. I have worked with sciatica patients for many years, and have found that while most medical doctors want to prescribe medications and perform surgery, gentle, non-invasive, holistic healing works best.