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Sciatica Relief

Many people who hear the term “sciatica” think of a painful condition or ailment. Not so, sciatica is actually only a symptom of a condition or ailment. Those who have experienced it describe it as pain that starts in the lower spine and radiates to the buttock and down into the back of the leg, from the thigh to the calf. The pain can range from mild to excruciating and may be accompanied by muscle weakness or numbness in the leg or a feeling of “pins and needles” in the toes or foot of the affected leg.

sciatic relief

Most often, sciatica occurs when a nerve root in the lower spine (lumbar) is compressed as a result of a herniated disc or other conditions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve such as:

  • Spinal Stenosis-a narrowing of the spinal canal that places pressure on nerves in the lumbar region
  • Piriformis syndrome-a tightness in the piriformis muscle, which runs directly above the nerve into both legs, that exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis-a condition that often results from degenerative disc disease where one vertebra slips out of place, slightly forward over another vertebra, pinching the sciatic nerve at the place where it exits from the spinal cord.
  • Tumors-can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerve endings, causing the pain associated with sciatica
  • Trauma-auto accidents, slips or falls that injure the roots of the sciatic nerve can cause pain.

So, once you have sciatica, how do you deal with it? Although some health care professionals may suggest cold/hot packs and bed rest initially, staying in bed won’t really help your sciatica. In fact, inactivity could actually worsen the pain, so at least try to keep up with normal daily activities. Pain medications and over-the-counter drugs may offer limited pain relief but often not without side effects and they do nothing to relieve the cause of the pain.

Lumbar Disc Bulge

Pills or muscle relaxers can’t correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc. Sciatica is a distracting pain that begins in the lower back and extends down the back of one or both legs. It typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing.

We can help

We have an excellent track record in helping those suffering from sciatic leg pain.

Sciatica can often result from problems in your lower back. The sciatic nerve branches off the spinal cord in the lower back. It extends down the length of each leg to the toes of each foot. It’s the largest and longest nerve in the body formed from five separate nerves that, in places, is as big in diameter as your thumb!

Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in the legs can result when the sciatic nerve is compromised or compressed in some way. The discs between the spinal bones of the lower back are common culprits. That’s why our patients report such great results.

Trauma can cause one or more discs to bulge

This crowds nearby nerves, causing irritation and inflammation. Coughing, sneezing or other kinds of movement can be painful. If neglected, the nerve irritation extends down one or both legs along the sciatic nerves. The pain appears in the leg but the problem may be in the lower back.

Most who come to our office respond well to chiropractic adjustments, a safe and natural approach to improving function and relieving the pain associated with sciatica. Chiropractic care addresses the underlying problem causing the pain! Our approach to sciatica attempts to restore the way your spine and nervous system work, which reduces nerve irritation, ignites your body’s own ability to heal and relieves the pain associated with sciatica.

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