Could That Back Pain or Tingling Down Your Legs Be Sciatica?

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Have you been experiencing back pain or tingling down your legs? If it rarely occurs, then you’re likely not going to worry too much about it.

But once these symptoms start to become more chronic, it’s probably time to seek out a chiropractor’s help.

What Could Back Pain or Tingling Down Your Legs Indicate?

Note that back pain and tingling down your legs can be indicative of vastly different issues. However, when the two symptoms occur at the same time, chances are you are suffering from sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is most commonly defined as pain that begins in the lower back and then radiates down through the hips and buttocks, then down either leg. While pain is one of the most common symptoms, another is a tingling or numbness in the affected leg.

These symptoms occur when the sciatic nerve is being compressed, usually by a herniated disc in the lower lumbar region.

Other Causes of Back Pain or Tingling Down Legs

While sciatica is one of the most likely reasons for back pain and/or tingling down your legs, there are a myriad of other reasons for these symptoms, including:

  • Infection
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Nerve compression
  • Blood vessel conditions
  • Pelvic/hip problems
  • Cysts/tumors

The only way to determine the cause of these symptoms is to seek a professional opinion from your chiropractor.

Chiropractic Treatment Options Worth Exploring

When a patient with back pain and tingling down their legs comes into our chiropractic office, we perform a full physical examination to determine the cause of these symptoms. If a specific cause can’t be pinpointed, we may have the patient seek additional imaging tests, such as an x-ray or MRI.

Once the cause has been determined, your chiropractor may suggest one or more of the following treatment options:

Chiropractic Care for Back Pain or Tingling Down the Legs at 417 Spine

If you’re searching for chiropractic care to treat sciatica in Springfield Missouri, Dr. Matt Maurer & Dr. Charles Maurer are here to help. Our chiropractors and their team understand just how significant back pain or tingling down the legs can be for your musculoskeletal health and how crucial it is to seek the necessary treatments should they become chronic.

Have you been experiencing back pain or tingling down your legs? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matt Maurer or Dr. Charles Maurer.

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