Are you dealing with lower body pain that you can’t seem to understand? One common cause of pain in the lower back, hip, buttocks, and thigh is sciatica. Sciatica is a term used to describe pain and other symptoms associated with the sciatic nerve. Our sciatic nerve starts in our lower back then extends downward to the leg. Although sciatica is only one of the possible conditions that could be causing your pain, there are several key signs to watch for to know if it is the most probable cause.
- Shooting pain down the leg – Often brought on by intense physical activity, a common symptom of sciatica is a shooting pain that begins in the lower back or in the buttocks and then extends down the upper part of your leg, sometimes even down to your toes. It is often described as a tight, pinched feeling that makes walking, standing, and lifting difficult.
- Weakness in one leg – Although it is possible to happen in both legs, it is most common for sciatica to occur in one leg, leaving a weak or numb feeling, sometimes accompanied by a “pins and needles” sensation or short spasms.
- Inflammation and swelling – Most people with sciatic pain also experience inflammation and swelling. If this continues for several weeks, medical attention should be sought.
- Loss of bowel and bladder control – Though less common than other symptoms, many people do experience a loss of bladder and bowel control because of the pressure sciatica places on the nerves surrounding the bladder and bowel.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come and see us at Advanced Chiropractic Center. We will help you get to the root of the problem so you can find the relief you need.