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Causes and Symptoms of your Sciatic Pain

El Paso’s chiropractor, Dr. Alex Jimenez addresses the symptoms associated with sciatic nerve pain and its causes. Sciatica is best known as a group of symptoms instead of a single condition. The pain experienced by a person with sciatica is most commonly located in the lower back, hip, buttocks, and outer side of the leg. An increased number of the population suffers from a condition causing low back pain throughout their lifetime but the causes for their sciatic nerve pain may vary.

The symptoms of sciatica consist of constant pain reaching from their lower back down to the leg, followed by numbness and a tingling sensation as a result of compression, irritation, or pressure of the sciatic nerve roots. Sciatica symptoms will occur once a pinched nerve develops as a result of a degenerative disc disorder, such as an osteoarthritis bone spur or a herniated disc. A herniated disc develops when the cushion that separates a vertebrae of the spine ruptures and begins pushing against the space of the nerve, pinching the sciatic nerve root, resulting in sciatica.

A bulging disc also causes pressure and irritation against the sciatic nerve roots. A person with a bulging disc will experience lower back pain that extends into the leg and often times, the pain will even extend down to the toes. The inflammation of the muscles due to a degenerative disc disease may also add additional stress against the sciatic nerve, leading to increased pain and discomfort.

According to research, low back pain has been the biggest cause for global disability than any other condition. Degenerative disc diseases begin to develop in people over the age of 55 from natural wear and tear and overuse and as the population of the elderly continues to grow, sciatica and its symptoms are becoming more globally common. The body’s degeneration is inevitable, for some people being faster than others, but with a healthy balance of stretches and exercises, the compressed sciatic nerve roots and the sciatica symptoms can be eased and relieved. 

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*