Are you suffering from a nagging pain down the back of your legs? Do you have to make frequent stops while walking because of sudden, sharp shooting pains in your low back and buttocks? If so, you could be suffering from sciatica.
The integrative medical team at Summit Medical Care Center provides a range of therapies to relieve pain caused by sciatic nerve pain. We see patients throughout the Greater Denver area including Broomfield, Boulder, Westminster, Louisville, Superior, Lafayette and many other communities.
We understand the effects of sciatica pain and how it can keep you from enjoying the activities you love most. At our clinic, we strive to help you understand how sciatica may be affecting your lifestyle and implement the proper steps to help you become pain free today. After determining the cause of your sciatica, we will develop an individualized plan that works for you.
What You Notice
If you are experiencing back pain (more specifically in the lower part), a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the thigh to the back of the leg, sciatica may be the culprit.
The term "Sciatica" can include a number of different resulting conditions all stemming from a root cause. Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots, or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. Sciatica can make walking difficult if not impossible.
What It Feels Like
- Shooting pain when walking or bending at the waist
- Sharp stabbing pains when moving the legs in certain positions
- Pain lying or reclining in positions you begin to notice as consistently painful
- Numbness in the feet and toes
- Trouble controlling limb, loss of balance
- Shooting Pains
- and more.
The sciatic nerve begins in the bottom of the sacrum, the triangularly shaped bone just above the buttocks. When the associated muscles become tightened such as the piriformis and glutes, they can compress the nerve causing pain and discomfort.
Nerve Compression: The sciatic nerve can also become compressed as a result of vertebrae becoming misaligned- this may produce disc herniation where the improperly positioned disc applies pressure to the sciatic nerve, causing pain. If you are experiencing pain down the back of your legs, pain predominantly along one side of the buttocks, possible burning, numbness and tingling, pain that makes it difficult to stand in one position or stand for prolonged periods of time, low back pain or discomfort or your legs give out while you walk, you may be experiencing pain due to sciatic nerve compression.
Spondylolisthesis: Sciatica can also be caused by spondylolisthesis. This condition occurs when one vertebral body falls out of place forward on the one below it as a result of a small fracture in a piece of bone that connects the two joints on the back side of the spinal column. If this is your cause of sciatica you may notice a lower back sway as well as chronically tight hamstring muscles. If you find relief while seated or resting in a reclined position, this may be the cause of your sciatic pain. It is common that hamstrings will also be very tight and you may notice a sway to your low back. If you feel relief when sitting or in a reclined position, this may be your cause of sciatica.
Our sciatica doctor will ask if you experience deep aching low back pain that travels through the buttocks and down the back of the leg or pain that may be worse when standing for long periods of time.
Piriformis syndrome: This occurs when muscle spasms in the buttocks cause pain and irritation to the sciatic nerve. If you suffer from numbness and tingling along the back sides of your legs, down into your foot, this could be your cause.
Our Approach for Treating Sciatica
If you are ready to discover sciatic pain relief in Broomfield, please call us for an appointment today!