Many patients with low back pain come into the office complaining of sciatica. Sciatica is not as common as people believe, however those suffering from it will typically do anything to ease the pain. So, how do you know if you have sciatica?
Patients with sciatica experience:
- Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens while sitting
- Tingling or burning sensation down one or both legs
- Weakness or numbness of the legs or feet
- Pain while coughing, sneezing or moving
- Shooting pain that makes standing difficult
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you probably have sciatica. So what do you need to know?
First off, what is sciatica?
There are nerves that exit your spine in your lower back and from the two sciatic nerves. Sciatica is sometimes also called a slip disc. While a disc cannot slip, it can bulge, herniate or rupture. Resulting in direct pressure on the nearby sciatic nerves.
The result? Pain, swelling and inflammation. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may radiate all the way down to the foot or toes.
So, what can you do?
While sciatic pain can really put a damper on your day, it rarely produces permanent nerve damage, especially if you seek chiropractic care as soon as you have symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are a proven natural way to help relief sciatic pain. You may also benefit from non-surgical spinal decompression. Both options will help to restore the proper relationship between bones, discs, and nerves. This will allow your boy to restore itself naturally.
So, if you're experiencing pain of any kind, schedule and appointment with us!