Sciatica is a form of neuropathy which causes pain and/or numbness in the back or leg(s); a condition that is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve as it emits from the lower spine, usually due to disc bulges, disc herniations, mechanical misalignment of the vertebra, or because of disc degeneration; also known as spinal arthritis (another mechanical joint problem of the spine).
The nerve transmissions become disrupted in the spine, much like what happens to water flowing through a hose if you “put a kink in it” – the normal flow of the water ceases.
In the nerve, this disruption of nerve impulses results in numbness, pain and most all the other symptoms associated with neuropathy.
Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorders are other such conditions also frequently caused by compressive joint problems. While not always, these conditions frequently contain many of the same neuropathic symptoms described in this report such as pain, tingling, burning, tightness and so on – as well as an uncontrollable urge to move the legs and feet to find relief. In fact, any nerve that becomes compressed due to mechanical joint problems, whether it be in the back, neck or otherwise, and causes a disruption of the tissue function that it serves, is scientifically known as mechanical neuropathy.
Traditionally, chiropractic has had wonderful success in helping most people with these mechanical kinds of neuropathy challenges.
Genetic & Hereditary
Moving from the most to the least common, the final category of neuropathies are those caused by a genetic or hereditary factor. They include neurological challenges such as Friedriech’s Ataxia and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. These are fairly rare and while very significant to those afflicted, make up less than 1% of neuropathies. Multiple Sclerosis, while not necessarily known to always be hereditary, is also a form of neuropathy.