Sciatica is a common term used to describe pain in the buttocks or back of the leg. The sciatic nerve is made up of 5 nerves that originate in the lower back. Proper diagnosis is determined through a series of orthopedic and neurological tests and often x-ray or MRI. When one of the nerve roots in the lower back is compressed or irritated pain in the buttock or leg numbness, tingling or weakness occurs on the affected side.
The problem could be from a herniated disc, arthritis, degeneration, or other structural problems.
This condition may develop over time or be the result of trauma or injury. Treatment typically includes spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, stretches, exercises and lifestyle changes. Chiropractic treatment is very effective in relieving symptoms from sciatic and lumbar disc conditions.
People often want to relieve the pain with stretching. Unfortunately, without correcting the cause of the problem stretching offers only temporary relief. Consider having a comprehensive exam and chiropractic care directed at the actual cause so that you can begin to sit, stand and sleep longer without pain.