Sciatica is named for the pain originating in the sciatic nerve. A pinched nerve in the back or leg is also sciatica. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back and descends through the gluteal region, down the thigh and leg and finally ends in the foot. Sciatica can develop as a result of tight muscles, injury to the disc or degeneration of the disc and joints of the lower back. Similarly, a pinched nerve in the neck radiates or causes pain into the arm, forearm and hand.
Symptoms of a pinched nerve or sciatica include burning or a deep ache that is hard to localize in the arm or leg. A numbing or tingling sensation into the arm or leg can also be present. Some patients also notice that weakness of the muscles is also present with their condition. Lower back pain may or may not be present with sciatic nerve pain and, likewise, there may be little neck pain associated with a pinched into the arm. The goal of chiropractic care for sciatica and pinched nerve pain includes decreasing pain and restoration of function through the use of manipulation, acupuncture, dry needle technique, physical therapy modalities and exercise. If other types of treatment are needed to resolve your condition, we are always glad to make appropriate referrals to other providers that perform injections or surgeries. If these symptoms sound familiar, we can likely be of help to you in Colorado Springs.