The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your
pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic
nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing
feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of
the muscles in your lower legs.
1 Sciatic Nerve (yellow)
3 Hip Bone
The term sciatica refers to pain that
radiates along the path of this nerve. Sciatica is actually a sign that
you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower
The most common cause of this nerve compression is a bulging or
herniated lumbar disc. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause of
sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic
nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle,
it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve. Occasionally, sciatic
pain in men is caused by sitting on a wallet.
Fortunately, most cases of sciatica respond favorably to chiropractic
treatment and massage therapy.
For a free consultation about sciatica,
call 704-341-3341 or E-mail us now.
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