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Sciatica & Hip Pain

Our team of Chiropractors are committed to finding the cause of your pain related to sciatica and the hip! The sciatic nerve runs from the lumbar spine down the back of the leg to the toes. Sciatica essentially means inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Many patients experience shooting nerve pain like burning or tingling in the back of the leg. It can present as a mild ache to sharp and severe pain. It can affect anyone at any time and both or one side of the body.

Hip pain commonly occurs around the hip and groin region and can cause reduced motion and stiffness. Sometimes limping and swelling/tenderness over the hip joint can use difficulty sleeping and normal function of the hip.

In order to fully understand the cause of someone’s symptoms, we need to look at the anatomy of the surrounding structures and how they can influence hip dysfunction and sciatic symptoms.

The Hip joint is a weight-bearing joint that can withstand repeated motion and strain. When cartilage starts to become damaged and muscles and joints being overused, it can lead to pelvic instability and low back conditions radiating into the hip region. Hip pain can be attributed by lifestyle factors, such as athletes performing high-impact repetitive movements in sports, to arthritic changes in elderly patients, causing symptoms such as difficulty walking, stiff joints and lack of range of function.

Ligament, muscle and tendon strains located around the hip are very common in patients. Overuse of these structures can cause inflammation leading to pain and dysfunction of the hip joint. Dysfunction of muscles can often weaken over time and cause compensation as a reaction to pelvic misalignment. This can change the kinetic posture and position of the lumbar and hip joints. It is important to reduce symptoms as well as address the underlying cause to develop long-term health solutions.

Sciatica is very commonly seen in middle age with a peak at 40-50 years and often characterized by a shooting referring pain, pins and needles and numbness down one leg. Weakness in muscles of the lower back and foot is common. Symptoms commonly occur when it is irritated or compressed by structures near its origin.

Sciatica symptoms greatly depend on a patient’s age, history and lifestyle factors. Common causes include:

  • Degeneration in the lumbar spine (bone spurs or spinal stenosis)
  • Disc herniation or bulge in the lumbar spine
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pregnancy – shift in pelvic alignment & hormonal changes
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Poor Posture
  • Excess Weight
  • Occupation – high labour jobs with repetitive stress or a sedentary lifestyle

After a thorough assessment and examination with one of the Chiropractors, a personalised treatment and management plan will be tailored to reduce the severity of your symptoms and improve the functional movement of the spine. Treatments include:

  • Spinal and Pelvic Chiropractic adjustments – misalignment of lumbar and sacral vertebrae can put pressure on the surrounding discs and sciatic nerve, causing muscle and nerve pain. If there is spinal misalignment, a Chiropractor may be able to reduce sciatic symptoms significantly by adjusting the spine.
  • Stretching & Rehabilitation exercises
  • Heat / Cold Therapy
  • Soft-tissue Therapy