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What is Sciatica Pain?

Many individuals who experience sciatica describe their symptoms as sharp shooting pains, moderate leg cramping, burning or tingling, numbness and muscle weakness or spasms.

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Sciatica can be a broad term, but it refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. The largest and longest spinal nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

What Are Symptoms of Sciatica?

If you have sciatica, you may experience:

  • Constant pain, typically on just one side of a leg or buttock
  • Pain starting in the lower back or buttock and traveling down the nerve‚Äôs path
  • Worsening pain when seated or standing vs. walking or lying down
  • Sharp instead of dull pain
  • Tingling or prickling sensations down the leg, weakness, or numbness
  • Numbness or weakness when attempting to move the foot or leg
  • Shooting or otherwise severe leg pain that makes it hard to walk or stand
  • Pain and other signs in the toes
  • Possible lower back pain, less severe than leg pain

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Our NJ Spine and Wellness chiropractors cite these six most common causes of sciatic nerve pain:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Other causes of sciatic symptoms may include pregnancy, infections, scar tissue, ankylosing spondylitis, muscle strains, spinal tumors and fractures.

Finding the Best Sciatica Treatment

The chiropractic team at NJ Spine and Wellness offers customized treatment plans for each patient to help achieve your goals. We offer conservative and non-surgical procedures that can help treat your sciatica symptoms. When judging how severe your sciatica pain is, we often ask about your lifestyle and how the pain is impacting your day-to-day activities. This information will help us put together the best treatment plan for you.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) treat and manage sciatic symptoms using spinal adjustments and manual manipulation. These therapies improve alignment of the spinal column, which helps relieve the underlying condition responsible for pain. Massage therapy, acupuncture, and physical exercises are also sometimes beneficial in optimizing your recovery.

Contact Us to Get Sciatica Pain Relief Today

To schedule an appointment with one of our NJ Spine and Wellness chiropractors for sciatica pain relief, call 877-333-6579. Visit the NJ Spine and Wellness location page for details on specific hours and locations for our Old Bridge, Freehold and Matawan centers.