Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or damaged and irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. When this happens it causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.
SCIATICA Q & A
What is the sciatic nerve?
Your sciatic nerve is a pencil-thick nerve that runs from your lumbar spine down through your buttocks and into your leg and foot on both your right and left sides. It is the largest and longest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve is responsible for stimulating the actions of the muscles and reflexes in your legs.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve gets pinched, compressed or damaged.With sciatica you may feel pain along any part of the nerve. The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain, which can run part or all the way down the nerve, from your lower back, down through your hip an buttocks and into your leg and foot, on one or both sides of your body.The pain may be a dull ache or an electric shock-like sensation.You ma find that sitting for too long or coughing makes your pain worse.
What causes sciatica?
Most causes of sciatica occur when the nerve becomes pinched at the spine from a bone spur or s herniated disc. You may also develop sciatica if the nerve suffers damage from an underlying health condition such as diabetes or is compressed by a tumor. your risk of sciatica increases due to the degeneration of your spine that occurs as you age. While you may be able to take care of a mild case of sciatica at home, the back pain experts at 5th Ave Chiropractic can provide treatment to not only relieve your pain, but to prevent a recurrence.
How can chiropractic care relieve my sciatica?
Gentle spinal adjustments will improve the mobility of your spine thus greatly reduce the pressure on your nerve and alleviate the pain. An X-Ray may be recommended to help locate the exact cause of the pressure on the sciatic nerve, as well as physical therapy to help strengthen your back and correct your posture to prevent the recurrence of sciatica.
Sciatica pain can keep you from your everyday activities. The spine specialists at 5th Ave Chiropractic can help you restore your spinal health and relive your sciatica. Call the office today or request an appointment online.