Skip to main content

Understanding What Causes Sciatica

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

Sciatica Treatment Sciatica is caused by compression or irritation of one or more of the five sets of nerve roots in the lower back. It’s not a condition so much as it is a collection of painful symptoms. They usually stem from something else going on inside your body that’s putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. At Brodwyn and Associates in Columbus, we get to the root of what’s causing your sciatica. 

The 6 Most Common Cause of Sciatica

Bulging/Herniated Disc - A bulging disc is one that’s sagged out of place. A herniated disc has a hole or tear in it. Data shows that up to 90% of sciatica cases are due to a herniated disc. It puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and further irritates it with the release of hyaluronic acid. It’s the heartburn of your spine.

Spinal Stenosis - This is a condition where the spinal canal encasing your spinal cord becomes narrowed for one reason or another. The most common reasons are injury, bone spurs, and thickening of ligaments holding the spine together.

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 - The spine is meant to withstand some punishment but it’s not impervious to harm. The most common forms of injury that trigger sciatica are car accidents, high impact sports, and falling. And if a bone breaks around the spine, the shard can compress nerves, too.

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

Spinal Tumor - Cancerous or not, their presence can compress nerves. Thankfully, they’re 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