Chiropractic & Natural health

Is it Sciatica or Pain Referred From a Trigger Point?


Sciatica typically involves pain referring down the leg. It could extend as far as the foot, but it may just reach the lower buttock. It may be caused by a herniated disc in your spine putting pressure on the roots of the sciatic nerve, or, you could have simply strained the facet joints in your spine and caused an irritation to the nerve roots.

On the other hand, you may have overworked some muscles in your lower back and hip which have developed a trigger point. This is a sensitive spasm in the middle of the muscle and is usually tender to touch, but often refers pain down your hip or leg when it is pressed on. This condition is usually less serious, but one that is often difficult to diagnose unless you know what you are looking for. It may also have a root of a pinched nerve in your spine but typically responds well to trigger point therapy.

Whether you have true sciatica, or, a sensitive trigger point, you may need to have some adjustments done in your spine to release the locked joints and remove the pressure on the nerves. If you have a bad, herniated disc, Chiropractic adjustments can help, though it may respond slowly. If it’s a simple lower back strain with inflamed facet joints, it may respond very quickly. As for the nasty trigger points, you will need to have them released and the best way is a little painful … but in a good way. Most patients are happy to know we are working on the ‘cause’ of their problem. Direct pressure on the tender trigger point with or without stretching is very helpful for this condition. The skilled part is in knowing where to put the pressure and how hard for how long.

Do you think you might have a sciatica problem? The best thing to do is book an appointment. After a thorough consultation, a proper examination can find the source of your problem, and, relief can usually start right away on the first visit. We also offer very effective exercises and techniques to help release the tension and pain from trigger points.  Here at Matheson Chiropractic, we work hard to get you back to doing things as quickly as possible … whether it’s your job, or your favourite sport, or hobby.

Happy & Healthy 2018 to all.

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