“For the last six months I have had pain and numb­ness in my but­tocks on the right and it runs down the back of my thigh. What could this be?”

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An­swer:“sci­at­ica”.You are de­scrib­ing a symp­tom called

The sci­atic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It is a con­tin­u­a­tion of nerves com­ing from the lum­bar and sacral re­gions of the spine. It cour­ses down the back of the thigh and then branches off at the knee. Sci­at­ica (symp­toms which fol­low the course of the sci­atic nerve) can have dif­fer­ent causes. Sci­at­ica may be caused by:

1. a spinal mis­align­ment in the lum­bar or sacral re­gion that causes an ir­ri­ta­tion of the nerve.

2. a bulging or rup­tured (her­ni­ated) disc.

3. my­ofas­cial or mus­cu­lar trig­ger points in the lum­bar or but­tocks re­gion re­fer­ring symp­toms down the back of the but­tocks and thigh.

4. pir­i­formis en­trap­ment. The sci­atic nerve can ac­tu­ally be­come en­trapped in the pir­i­formis mus­cle. The pir­i­formis mus­cle ro­tates your hip ex­ter­nally. If a mus­cle spasm de­vel­ops in the pir­i­formis mus­cle you may de­velop symp­toms of sci­at­ica.

It is im­por­tant that you have a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion to de­ter­mine which con­di­tion may be caus­ing your sci­at­ica. We have had good suc­cess treat­ing all of the above con­di­tions, us­ing Chi­ro­prac­tic ad­just­ments (hands on or in­stru­ment ad­just­ing), acupunc­ture, or cold laser ther­apy. I was able to avoid surgery on my her­ni­ated disc us­ing chi­ro­prac­tic and acupunc­ture. And that’s why I be­came a Chi­ro­prac­tor! Call 479-587-0227 for an ap­point­ment. Go to TheGib­sonCen­ter.com for more in­for­ma­tion. Dr. Gib­son of­fers a va­ri­ety of ser­vices: Chi­ro­prac­tic, acupunc­ture, cold laser ther­apy for mus­cu­loskele­tal pain, trig­ger point ther­apy, cold laser ther­apy for al­ler­gies, in­frared sauna, colon hy­drother­apy, and well­ness con­sult­ing.

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