The Underlying Cause of Sciatica

The Sciatic Nerve

Back Pain, Sciatic Nerve, SciaticaThose people who suffer from Sciatica are either experiencing compression or irritation of the Sciatic nerve or one of its five nerve roots, which runs from the Sciatic Nerve to the spine.The easiest way to alleviate the pain of Sciatica is to just take medication, but that won’t deal with the underlying problem.

Only covering the symptoms means that something will happen, such as the medication will wear off, to uncover those symptoms. The best way to deal with that ongoing pressure on the Sciatic nerve it to understand what the possible underlying cause may be. We listed those possible causes of Sciatica below.

Causes of Sciatica

  1. Herniated disc – There are spongy disc like substances between each of your vertebrae. When one of them in your lower back slips out of place, the tissue around that disc sweels and may cause pressure against the Sciatic nerve or the nerve roots.
  2. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Extending from your brainstem down through a canal that runs down your vertebrae is your spinal cord. The narrowing of that canal in your lower back puts pressure against your spinal cord, sciatic nerve roots, and Cuada Equina.
  3. Piriformis Syndrome – This neuromuscular disorder is the result of the Piriformis muscle, which is located in the hip, places pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
  4. Bulging Disc – A bulging disc is just what it sounds like. It’s a disc that becomes enlarged, much like a hamburger that become to big for its bun. That bulging disc can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve or one of the nerve roots.
  5. Pregnancy – Your unborn baby can place pressure on your sciatica nerve or one of the nerve roots.

The End of Sciatica

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the list of possible causes of Sciatica. Other possible causes include spinal trauma, a tumor, and much more. The only thing medicating that pain will do is add chemicals to your body, but it won’t relieve the pressure against your sciatic nerve or one of the five nerve roots.

To do that you will want to find a chiropractic specialist in your area. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to evaluate the spine. Within the chiropractic profession there is further specialization that may be the best person to evaluate you and determine the underlying cause of the sciatica especially if you have a history of head or neck injuries.

When someone suffers a head or neck injury such as a concussion, whiplash etc. a misalignment commonly occurs in the upper neck where the head and spine come together. If the shifting has taken place of the weight of the head (10 to 14 pounds) compensations will develop throughout the rest of the spine. One of the most common compensations will be in the lower back and pelvis area which can lead to the symptoms of sciatica. So while sciatica treatment is frequently focused on the lower back and pelvis area the underlying cause may be further up the spine where the head and neck come together.

An upper cervical chiropractor is able to evaluate the entire spinal column to determine the original misalignment and how best to correct the problem.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at