Did you know that the sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body — travelling from your lower back through your hip and buttock and down your leg where it divides into two branches at the knee. Each leg has its own sciatic nerve.

What causes Sciatica?

If you’re experiencing Sciatica is likely to be as a result of a ‘trapped’ nerve(s) either in the spinal canal or where the nerves exit the spine. If you’re Vertebrae is misaligned it can trap or compress the nerve or nerves where the pathway out of the spine has narrowed. A herniated disk or slipped disk as it more commonly known can also cause a similar problem, as it constricts the existing nerves.

Pain such as ‘pins and needles’, numbness in your buttocks and muscle spasms in the same area, could be as a result of Piriformis syndrome, the muscle affected by the problem.

Whilst not as common, some individuals experience a condition called Spinal Stenosis, which is caused by the narrowing of the spinal; canal where the nerves pass through.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms Yarra Valley Innate Chiropractic is here to help. We use gentle manipulation techniques to help you on the road to better health. So call us today.

Common Sciatica Symptoms

If you’re experiencing sciatica you may feel uncomfortable or the extreme of finding simple every day activities such as walking, sitting, standing or lying down near impossible and very painful.

Symptoms can include:

  • When you cough, laugh or sneeze it’s painful
  • When you’ve been sitting for a while you start to ache
  • You feel a tingling or burning down the back of your leg, or even weakness and numbness
  • Cramping in the thigh
  • A dull aching sensation or “shooting” pains

Many people experience lower back pain and for some it can be a hindrance in their daily lives. Chiropractic treatment can be an effective way to treat back pain and the associated Sciatica symptoms and patients respond well to Chiropractic care.

So if you’re suffering from low back pain, talk to YVIC today. You’ll receive an initial comprehensive assessment to help determine the cause of the problem and our Chiropractors will provide a gentle, effective and safe treatment that will provide fast relief and we will work with an ongoing treatment plan to help minimise the ongoing symptoms.

Whilst uncommon there are some symptoms of sciatica that we simply can’t treat. If this is the case we’ll refer you to a specialist healthcare practitioner so that you receive the treatment you require as soon as possible.

Early intervention can have long term benefits

By treating the cause of the problem in its early stages can prevent the need for evasive treatment in the future. Pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets will provide a short term solution. By seeking Chiropractic care for sciatica in its early stages not only provides you with a long term plan on how to improve the problem, it’s natural, safe and effective.