Sciatica, Disc, & Nerve Conditions

There are many conditions that can contribute to low back pain.

Sciatica is a symptom that occurs when a disc, bone spur, or spinal misalignment compresses the sciatic nerve.  Sciatica refers to pain that radiates from the low back down the hip, buttocks, and legs.  This pain can range from a mild ache to excruciating pain, it may also cause sharp pains and numbness.  Typically sciatica affects only one side of the body.  

Disc Conditions can be a source of back pain as well.  The spinal disc are thick cushion like material that provides shock absorption for the spine.  Degenerative disc disease is the most common disc problem.  As we age the disc begin to lose water and begin to shrink.  As the disc begin to shrink there is less cushioning between the vertebrae and small tears can develop, all of which can cause pain.  A disc can also bulge, protrude, or herniate.  A bulged disc is the result of small tears on the outer fiber.  In the case of a herniated disc, part of the disc's soft nucleus leaks out of the disc and touches the nerve.  This material is highly inflammatory and can cause pain.

Pinched Nerves occur when there is compression on the nerve.  This can occur between tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and bones.  Nerve pressure can be the result of repetitive motions or bad posture over a long period of time.  It is important not to ignore the symptoms of a pinched nerve, as it can cause long lasting problems.  Nerve compression can cause radiating pain into the shoulders, arms, legs, and feet as well as pain, numbness and tingling, burning sensation, or weakness.

Fortunately, the doctors at Tobin Family Chiropractic have been trained to treat and correct these and other spinal conditions.  You don't have to let pain ruin your life, call to set up your appointment today.