Can sciatica cause numbness?

Symptoms of sciatica can include a pins-and-needles sensation, aches, sharp pain, or numbness that may travel from the lower back and buttock down the back of the leg, wrapping around the foot.  Watch the animation to learn more about sciatica.

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Yes sciatica can cause numbness, pain and weakness. As a Chiropractor I see a lot of Sciatica, some come with pain, some with numbness, and a few with weakness. 

The Sciatic nerve is a thick nerve with many branches. Most think of it as pain down the leg. Sciatica can produce symptoms in the groin, calf, big toe, thigh and buttocks to name a few.

Chiropractic has very effective treatments including Chiropractic adjustment, Avalon Light Therapy, Cold Laser, Myofascial release, exercise, and stretching, depending on the origin of the problem.

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Sciatica is when you have pain, weakness or tingling that radiates down your leg. It is usually caused by disc problems in your spinal column but can also be caused by other problems. The pain involved in sciatica can vary from a ...

mild tingling to severe, disabling pain. It usually occurs on one side. Because sciatica is a symptom, the cause of the problem needs to be discovered and treated. If you have severe sciatica, you may want to consult a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in the nervous system.

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