The human spine is a very complex structure made up of many components. Because of this, it can be hard to diagnose a specific issue. There are many things that could be causing your back pain – herniated or degenerative discs, muscle tears or strains, or sciatica. The symptoms of each of these conditions may vary, but if you are experiencing back pain, there are usually some telltale signs that it may very well be sciatica.
In order to diagnose sciatica, we have to know what causes it. Between each bone that makes up your spine is a soft pad that provides cushioning. These pads (discs) consist of a jelly-like interior, covered with a harder exterior. A herniated disc is when the interior of the disc pushes out of the harder exterior, resulting in discomfort and sometimes irritation of nearby nerves.
Symptoms of Sciatica:
1. Burning or Tingling Sensation Down One Leg
When a herniated disc or disc degeneration compresses part of a nearby nerve, it can cause severe pain, numbness, or burning and tingling sensations in the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg.
2. Difficulty Standing
A common effect of sciatica is difficulty standing after prolonged periods of sitting. Sometimes the pinched nerves can cause a shooting pain down your spine and legs when trying to stand up.
3. Pain in the Leg or Buttocks
Most commonly, sciatica will cause a pain in the buttocks, and down the backs of the leg. Try lying on your back and lifting each of your legs one at a time. If this activity creates a shooting pain down one of your legs, you may be dealing with sciatica.
4. Pain Radiating Down One Side of Your Body
Sciatica refers to an interruption in the sciatic nerve – a nerve that travels down from the lower back, to the hips, buttocks, and down the leg. Because of this, it is very common to experience pain in only one leg. Rarely does sciatica effect both legs.
5. Stinging or “Electric Shock” Sensation in Lower Back
In most cases, because sciatica is causes by a damaged or pinched nerve, an “electric shock” or “stinging” sensation is common in sciatica patients. Damaged nerves can often make it feel like your muscles are being “shocked.”
Non-Surgical Sciatic Pain Treatment in The Villages, Florida
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned conditions, you may be suffering from sciatica. The good news is sciatica is a relatively common condition and can be treated successfully, and without surgery! To learn more about our non-surgical sciatic pain treatment, call Dr. Jason Davis, of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida today at (352) 430-2121.