The longest nerve in the human body is the sciatic nerve. It extends from both sides of the lumbar spine through the buttock and back of the thigh, down both legs and into the muscles of the foot. Many different kinds of leg pain can be traced to problems with the sciatic nerve, making it a spinal issue despite not primarily afflicting the back.
Sciatica pain occurs when one of the spinal nerves becomes compressed. This initial compression can be the result of a herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, or arthritis. Sciatica pain can be felt across the entirety of the sciatic nerve, typically reaching an apex in the lower buttocks area, the back of the leg(s), or even the bottom of the foot. The usual symptoms include numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the affected areas.
It is critical to seek medical attention if you experience these kinds of symptoms, as long term compression of the sciatic nerve can cause permanent damage. Also, untreated sciatica nerve damage can cause additional problems such as loss of bladder and bowel control. A licensed chiropractor can help you learn how to manage your Sciatica pain before your condition reaches anywhere near that point. For more information on Sciatica in Brooksville, Florida area, call us at (352) 684-2707 today! We look forward to hearing from you.