Sciatica during Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body undergoes several miraculous changes to create a welcoming and hospitable environment for your bundle of joy. While the baby may enjoy supreme comfort, pregnant women rarely share the same experience. One of the most common ailments that pregnant women report is pregnancy sciatica. Dr. Trevor Wagner, Dr. Julie Owen-Wagner, and Dr. Ron Evans at West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic can help. We offer proven pregnancy sciatica therapies designed to help you find relief, so you can enjoy the miracle that is pregnancy.

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What Is Sciatica?

Lumbosacral radicular syndrome or sciatica is caused by the irritation of your sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the lower spine or lumbar and ends in your thigh. In general, those who suffer from sciatica may experience pain in their hip and buttocks that radiates to the thigh. This pain can be a dull, deep pain or it can be a sharp, shooting pain. Ranging from a severity of mild to severe, sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating.

What Is Pregnancy Sciatica?

For pregnant women, sciatic nerve pain is caused by lumbar spin complications, such as a herniated disc or bulging disc. Pregnancy sciatica can also be caused by changes in the bone, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

All of these conditions place extra stress on the sciatic nerve, which causes symptoms. While sciatica caused by a herniated disc isn't common during pregnancy, women who have lower back pain in pregnancy are likely to develop sciatic-like symptoms. Anywhere from 50 up to 80% of women suffer from back pain during pregnancy. Pregnancy sciatic symptoms can also be caused by unstable joints and muscle tension.

What Are the Symptoms of Pregnancy Sciatica?

Pregnancy sciatica can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Pins and needles, numbness, or weakness in the impacted foot or leg
  • Constant or occasional pain on a side of your leg or buttocks
  • Shooting, sharp, or burning pain
  • Pain and discomfort along the path of the sciatic nerve, which is from your buttocks down the rear of your thigh to your foot
  • Pain and discomfort when you stand, walk or sit

Contact West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic for Relief

If you're looking for pregnancy sciatica relief, the chiropractors at West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic can help. Our experienced team of chiropractors —Dr. Trevor Wagner, Dr. Julie Owen-Wagner, and Dr. Ron Evans— specialize in treating nerve pain that impacts the body. We will work closely with you to utilize treatments that alleviate the pressure that is impacting your nerves. At West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, the safety of you and your baby are our top priorities. Contact one of our chiropractors today at (402) 334-4700 to schedule an appointment.