If you have ever suffered from continuous pain or tingling running down one leg, chances are that you suffered from sciatica -- a collection of symptoms that indicate an underlying medical condition, not a condition in and of itself. Fortunately, once we have isolated the cause of your discomfort, in many cases you can experience welcome relief through chiropractic treatment.
The problem starts when something presses against your sciatic nerve, a large nerve that extends from the base of your spine down through your pelvis and leg, where it branches into an assortment of smaller nerves. This pressure can come from any of several sources, including a herniated vertebral disc, a broken pelvic bone, a neighboring tumor or a muscular disorder known as piriformis syndrome.
Spinal stenosis, or a narrowed internal spinal column, can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve. The pressed nerve sends shooting pain, tingling or numbness through the buttock and leg. Additionally, the associated muscles may atrophy or display noticeable weakness. You may find it difficult to walk, bend your leg or stand for long periods, and the pain may feel especially sharp when you laugh, sneeze or cough. While sciatic nerve pain may fade after several weeks, as long as the underlying condition remains you can expect the discomfort to return.
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