Lower back Pain, Sciatica and Chiropractic

Sciatica refers to pain that travels down the back of the leg. Most often sciatic results from irritation of the nerve roots in the lower back. The discs are the most common culprit that is responsible for irritating the nerve roots but other parts of the lower back may cause sciatica as well. One such other cause is piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome usually causes a dull sciatica that comes on most insidiously than a disc condition. Problems with the disc may also directly refer pain into the leg without pinching the nerve roots.
It is generally thought that problems with the joints of the lower back including the sacro-iliac joints and facet joints do not refer sciatic type pain below the knee.
The straight leg raise test is the most common test used in the Chiropractic setting to determine if leg pain is due to a disc problem. For patients who are not able to get relief from conservative methods (including Chiropractic care) and MRI is generally used to see the extent of disc involvement. Usually a MRI is done only after one month of Chiropractic care that has not relieved the condition.

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