What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a common medical condition that involves nerve pain from an injury or irritation to your sciatic nerve. Sciatica occurs when surrounding tissue puts pressure on this nerve, and often manifests as shooting pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in your back or buttocks that may also radiate down your leg.
These symptoms can be debilitating, but you don’t have to live with them forever. In this article, we’ll talk about the causes and symptoms of sciatica, as well as how a chiropractor can help relieve your pain and get you back on your feet again.
Signs and Symptoms
If you are experiencing sciatica, you may experience mild to severe pain anywhere with nerves that connect to the sciatic nerve.
Here are a few of the typical symptoms of sciatica:
- Pain in the lower back that may radiate to the buttocks, hips, and down the leg.
- Numbness or weakness in one leg.
- Difficulty moving the leg or foot.
- Painful spasms of muscles at night. These are often called “sciatic jags.”
The Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica itself is a symptom of an underlying condition that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Herniated, or slipped spinal discs
- Tightened or strained muscles
- Severe muscle spasms
- Prolonged sitting and/or bad posture
- Wearing high heels
- Injury or trauma
How can chiropractors help with sciatica?
Chiropractors can provide all kinds of treatments to address sciatic pain by relieving pressure on nerves in the spine. Another helpful treatment option is spinal decompression, which involves gently removing fluid between vertebrae to reduce inflammation around nerve roots.
Also, a chiropractor may also use physical therapy exercises, medications, ice packs or other treatments like massage therapy sessions if needed.
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