"I had constant pain and burning down the back of my leg. It was hell!"
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is characterized by a sharp pain along the path of the sciatic nerve (the longest and thickest nerve in the leg) that usually starts in the buttock and radiates down the back of the leg, sometimes as far as the foot.
While sciatica is most often caused by a herniated disc, it can also be caused by osteoarthritis, a trauma, an injury, or an illness that irritates the sciatic nerve.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
- back pain;
- muscle pain and weakness;
- numbness and tingling in the legs;
- muscle atrophy;
- burning pain in the lower back;
- loss of bladder or bowel control.
Dr. Robidoux Chiropractor weighs in
In some cases, sciatic nerve pain can be so debilitating that even a powerful narcotic like morphine doesn’t help and with good reason: the drug treats the symptom (the pain), not the cause.
Imagine a dentist filling one of your teeth without first having removed the decay. Then, apply that same logic to sciatica. Before doing anything else, we need to identify the cause—the source of the pain—in order to eliminate it as quickly as possible.