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What is Sciatica?
Typically effecting one side of the body, sciatica is the compression of the muscles on the sciatic nerve casing severe pain in the lower back, gluts and radiating down the leg. A common cause of sciatica is a spinal disc herniation that compresses the spinal cord (spinal stenosis). This compression pinches the nerve and the result is severe, radiating pain.
How do you test for Sciatica?
Sciatica is tested through a series of clinical tests looking at range-of motion, imaging such as X-ray, MRI and/or myovision, and review of functions.
How is Sciatica Treated?
Sciatica is treated through following a care plan of exercise rehabilitation, home care regimens focused on muscle stretches, yoga poses, ice therapy, heat therapy and being mindful of daily functions. Decompression and spinal manipulation are effective in treatment as well as soft tissue therapy. Untreated, sciatica can alter sleep, inhibit enjoyable life functions and cause chronic pain.