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Understanding What Causes Sciatica

Written By Dr. Jay Brodwyn & Associates on April 20, 2021

Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is a collection of symptoms caused by compression or irritation of any of the five sets of nerve roots that pass through your lower back and into your legs. Sciatica pain usually stems from something else going on inside your body that’s putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. At Brodwyn and Associates in Columbus, we do the legwork to identify the root of your sciatica symptoms. 

The 6 Most Common Cause of Sciatica

Bulging/Herniated Disc - A bulging disc has a portion bulging out onto a nerve. A herniated disc has a hole or tear in it. Statistically, you have a 90% chance of your sciatica being due to a herniated disc, making this the first thing we screen for. Disc issues put pressure on the sciatic nerve and can cause further irritation if it’s leaking hyaluronic acid. It’s the heartburn of your spine.

Spinal Stenosis - Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal encasing your spinal cord narrows for one reason or another. If that’s the case with your sciatica, we’ll work to determine if it’s due to injury, bone spurs, thickened ligaments, or another culprit.

Spondylolisthesis - This is a disorder where one vertebra slips forward over another. You’re either born with it or it’s triggered by spinal degeneration, physical stress, or physical trauma.

Injury - While the spine is fairly robust, there are many injuries that can lead to sciatica. The most common are from car accidents, high impact sports, and falling. Certain repetitive motions, like in construction, or even poor posture can lead to injury and sciatic pain. 

Piriformis syndrome - This is when a muscle in your hip region squeezes your sciatic nerve due to spasms. 

Spinal Tumor - Malignant or benign, tumors can stick out like a bulging disc and compress nerves. Thankfully, tumors are fairly rare.

Get Rid of Your Sciatica With Chiropractic Care in Columbus

Dr. Mike Haniotis, Dr. Kenneth Calain, and Dr. Janet Hyder of Brodwyn and Associates will evaluate you and your unique case to determine the best way to remove the pressure on your sciatic nerve so you can get on the path to healing. We’ll also provide followup instructions that’ll help speed the healing process and protect you from having sciatica come back.

In 2004, Dr. Brodwyn was voted Chiropractor of the Year in the southeastern United States, winner of the Reader's Choice Award 17 years running and Muscogee Mom's Choice Award winner since 2012. He has over 40 years of experience with successfully treating sciatica. 

Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give us a call at (706) 563-3370 or go online and fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

Posted In: Chiropractic Pain Management Sciatica Treatment