Did you know that your spine has its own suspension and shock absorbing system?
The spinal column is made up for 24 movable bones known as vertebra that are stacked upon one another. In-between each vertebra is a little jelly shaped disc that helps the spinal column absorb impact, especially during movements such as bending or twisting.
If the disc is stressed over a long period of time by performing repetitive activities or the person becomes unfit and then overexerts themselves, the wall of the donut can become weak and tear. If the jelly like substance inside starts to protrude out, it’s called a disc herniation and they can be extremely painful.
A disc herniation is most common in the lumbar and cervical spine however they can occur in the mid back but this is rare.
Sciatica is a term used to describe a cluster of symptoms that is often associated with a lumbar disc herniation. The injured disc compresses the nerves that exit the spine and travel down the leg. Most people described the pain as sharp, electric shock like along with numbness, weakness plus pins and needles that radiates into the leg. Usually it is only on one side but can travel down both legs which can indicate more severe spinal problems.
Other conditions that can cause sciatica:
- Spinal arthritis
- Muscular spasms/imbalances
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Pregnancy related spine and pelvic dysfunction
If you are experiencing pins & needles down your arm or leg and are losing strength in that limb, get it checked by a professional such as one of our chiropractors as soon as possible.