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Sciatica Part 5: What is Sciatica? The 8 Most Common Symptoms

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

sciatica_sct5This is Part Five of an ongoing series about Sciatica. If you missed Part Four, click here!

The Symptoms of Sciatica

For many people with Sciatica, the pain can be Severe. Sometimes, it can even be so debilitating that it can be enough to keep you from truly living life. It changes your life to the point that there is no longer any joy to it! For an example, read Carmelita's story, it is powerful. We were able to treat her back problems and bring the joy back to her life.

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There are 8 most common symptoms associated with Sciatica:

  • Back Pain that extends into the glutes region
  • Pain down the leg, and sometimes in both legs
  • Numbness or a feeling of pins and needles in the leg
  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the leg that at times feels like it's burning
  • Pain that travels down the leg into the foot, and sometimes even to the big toe
  • Weakness in the leg
  • Pain that is made worse by standing or sitting
  • Pain down the leg while walking

Schedule A Free  Sciatica Consultation An important thing to note about Sciatica is that no one person's is the same, because the sciatic nerve can be pinched at several different areas. In Part Four we discussed how there are five nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve which come out of five different vertebrae segments. These nerves are responsible for muscle activity and sensation. So, if they get pinched you may have weakness or changes in the way things feel or don't feel. Let's discuss those nerves:

L4  L5  S1  S2  S3

Each one of these nerve roots is responsible for different symptoms. There are three that are most commonly associated with Sciatica: L4, L5, and S1. When these nerves are pinched in some way, the symptoms are as follows:

  • sciatica_colorfulL4 causes symptoms in the front of your leg, and you may experience some weakness in your thigh. If may be difficult or tiring to straighten your leg
  • With L5 you may feel pain travel down the lateral outside portion of the leg, and sometimes all the way down to your big toe. You will have a hard time standing on your heels. It may also cause something known as drop foot which is when your foot flops down when you walk. Fortunately, this can be reversed
  • S1 will very often cause symptoms in your leg and pain into the lateral portion of your foot. This nerve controls the muscles that are responsible for standing on your toes, so you may have a hard time doing that


The good news is, all of the above conditions can be reversed. When diagnostics are used to identify what is pinching the nerve and treatments are performed to alleviate that pinching, the outcome is very good. In fact, all of the other conditions can and have been reversed without surgery.

As with any health concern, you need to consult a trained professional in that condition, and the sooner the better. The longer you wait the more severe the condition can become, and conversely the sooner you can diagnose and treat the condition the better the outcome will be. In some very rare cases of Sciatica, it can cause you to lose control of your bowel and bladder. This is known as Cauda Equina Syndrome, and it is very serious and often requires surgery.

The key to our treatment is solving the underlying cause. If you have Sciatica, and you are suffering, we can help you. Call today to schedule a Free Consultation at 844-265-2268, or click on this link to schedule online:

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