Many people deal with nagging, low back problems. But how do you know if it is a pulled muscle, or possibly something more? One common source of low back pain is the Sciatic Nerve. The simplest symptom of Sciatic Nerve involvement is low back pain that is associated with pain down the back of the leg.
Sciatic Nerve Background
To further evaluate a sciatic nerve involvement, we have to understand the anatomy of this nerve. The sciatic nerve is the widest and longest running nerve in the human body. It begins from the lumbar and sacral nerves L4-S3. These spinal nerves originate from the spinal cord in the low back and the sacrum. Sciatica is a term used when there is pain caused by the irritation of the nerves in the low back often times producing numbness and tingling down the legs.
Common causes of Sciatica include Disc Herniation, also known as a slipped disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis and Piriformis Syndrome. Back pain relief can often be helped with chiropractic care. A chiropractor is trained to locate and establish the cause of these low back issues. By seeking chiropractic care first, you are decreasing the chances of having back surgery. Chiropractic care is an important alternate option to back surgery.