What Commonly Causes Sciatica?
Spinal Joint Misalignment
The most common cause of sciatica is misalignment and malfunction of the spinal joints that leads to muscle spasms and inflammation of surrounding tissues and nerve roots. Formally referred to as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, it can add unwanted pressure to the sciatic nerve and result in pain.
Bulging or Herniated Discs
People who suffer from bulging or herniated discs often have associated sciatic nerve pain. When your bulging or herniated disc presses on the nearby nerve roots, you can experience pain in the low back, buttocks, down the leg, and even into the foot.
Tight or Strained Muscles
Another cause of Sciatica is when surrounding muscle tissue becomes tight and strained. Those muscles can impede the normal conduction of the sciatic nerve, causing nerve pain. We often look to muscles in the buttock and in the back of the legs as the source of the impingement.
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