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Sciatica

Sciatica Symptoms from our Kennesaw Chiropractor

Early symptoms of sciatica are often misdiagnosed by physicians as simple lower back strain that will resolve naturally. If you are suffering pain in one leg, one buttock or pain that radiates throughout your lower back, your chiropractor in Kennesaw will give you a thorough examination and correctly diagnose you with sciatica, or compression of the sciatic nerve. Specializing in how the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system work together to optimize health, chiropractors use MRI, CTI and other types of digital imaging technology to evaluate chronic pain conditions so that the best form of chiropractic treatment can be applied to relieve pain without drugs or surgery.

Sciatica

Recognizing Sciatica Symptoms

If you are suffering sciatica, you will have:

  • Tingling and burning sensations in one leg
  • Consistent pain in one leg and/or buttock (sciatica usually doesn't affect both legs/buttocks)
  • Numbness and weakness in the leg
  • Difficulty moving your foot or leg due to pain and weakness
  • Trouble bending your foot upwards when using your ankle (a condition called "foot drop)
  • Sharp, radiating pains extending over your lower back, into your hips, buttocks, and legs

Sciatic pain worsens when you cough, laugh, sneeze or sit. You may also feel numbness and tingling in your toes when you perform an action that forces more pressure on the sciatic nerve. During your examination, your Kennesaw chiropractor will ask you to describe all your symptoms, when they first occurred and take into account your past medical history.

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Compression

Sciatica symptoms are commonly caused by:

  • Herniated/bulging discs
  • Trauma to the back
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors

A less common cause of sciatica pain is piriformis syndrome, a neuromuscular condition involving compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. A tough, band-like muscle vital to stabilizing your hip joint, the piriformis muscle is found in your buttocks close to the top of hip joints.

Schedule an Appointment with our Kennesaw Chiropractor

Schedule an appointment today for chiropractic treatment if you are suffering sciatica symptoms by calling 770-423-9010.