laser therapy for sciatica
Cold Laser Therapy For Sciatic Pain
Sciatica (pain down the leg)
Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes a condition commonly referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can be caused by a protruding disc or bone spur in the lumbar spine, both of which narrow the spinal canal where the nerve travels through, causing it to get irritated and inflamed. It can come on quite suddenly or progress slowly over time, becoming a chronic condition.
The sciatic nerve travels from the lumbar spine, through the hips to the buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the toes. When it is inflamed, pain, numbness or tingling can be felt anywhere along the nerve pathway. For example, some people may experience pain in the low back and buttocks, whereas others may have discomfort along the back of the thigh and calf.
- Pain anywhere along the nerve path, usually on one side
- Tight and tender muscles in the low back and/or buttocks
- Numbness, tingling and/or weakness anywhere from the buttocks to the toes
- Mild ache to sharp, shooting pain
- Aggravated by coughing or sneezing
- Pain may increase with sitting or standing for a long time
This condition can also be caused by tightness in the muscles surrounding the nerve along its path. The Piriformis muscle in the buttocks is a common culprit – as it gets tight, it places excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in similar symptoms.
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Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), CPN
CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified Postural Neurologist
Doctor of Chiropractic