Optimal Chiropractic in Post Falls specializes in treating Sciatica. We provide pain relief and management for patients suffering from irritation and damage to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest single nerve in the human body. It is made up of smaller nerve fibers which come from both the lumbar spine and sacrum. It travels down the entire length of the back of the leg, activating many different muscles and areas of the skin along the way. The sciatic nerve is broken down in to branches as it travels in to the lower leg which allow it to supply structures all the way in to the feet.
So what exactly is Sciatica? Basically, sciatica is a term used to describe any type of irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is typically associated with pain in the buttocks or down the back of the leg, there may also be numbness or tingling present as well. The causes of sciatic nerve pain can vary as well. A herniated disc, arthritis, or degeneration of the spine may cause compression of one of the branches which contribute to the sciatic nerve. Muscles along the course of the sciatic nerve may also cause symptoms of sciatica, the most common is the piriformis muscle in a condition called Piriformis Syndrome.
The piriformis muscle is a muscle which stretches from the sacrum to the top of the femur where it attaches to the pelvis. The sciatic nerve and branches of the nerve pass underneath this muscle as it makes its way down the back of the leg. In some cases, the sciatic nerve can even directly pass through the piriformis muscle rather than under it. When this muscle becomes tightened, it can compress the sciatic nerve causing irritation and decreased function.
Muscle tightness and compression can occur for a variety of reasons. The glutes are the larger muscles in the hip and buttock area, and often times when they are weak or underactive, the smaller muscles such as the Piriformis need to engage in order to help out with movement. When this happens, the smaller muscles eventually may become overactive and tight.
There are many different treatment options for Sciatica. The doctors at Optimal Chiropractic in Post Falls, Idaho take a very hands on approach to the treatment for sciatic nerve pain relief. Often times, adjustments to the spine and pelvis can significantly decrease the symptoms of sciatic pain. We also incorporate many deep tissue techniques and exercises to address overworked and underactive muscles and tissues to aid in faster recovery.