If you are experiencing pain that radiates from the back or buttocks all the way down the legs, you may have a common condition called sciatica. The untreated sciatic condition can continue to worsen and make the daily tasks of living go from difficult to impossible. This article is aimed at helping you to understand sciatica and explains how chiropractic treatment can help you to overcome it.
Sciatica, which is also known as sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in the lower back or buttocks that radiates down the back of the leg and into the foot. It can make sitting and standing for long periods of time difficult and can lead to weakness, tingling, and numbness in the leg and foot. Sciatica episodes often come and go throughout a person's lifetime, causing periods of varying degrees of pain and discomfort. If left unchecked and treated, sciatic pain will generally grow worse over time making daily tasks of living go from difficult to impossible and the nerve can become permanently injured.
The reason why the pain travels so far, seems to radiate up and down the legs and back, is because it is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. This nerve originates in the lumbar spine and extends into the buttocks before traveling down the leg to the ankle and foot. When the vertebrae in the low back are compressed, the roots of the sciatic nerve can become pinched and irritated which is what causes the pain and injury. This compression can be directly related to the disc between the vertebra or the bones/joints themselves.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP SCIATICA?
There are a number of factors that can lead to sciatica. It is most commonly caused by disc injuries and bulges. In this occurrence, the disc presses against the nerve root causing the issue. Disc Injuries can occur because of poor posture, repetitive use injuries, and accidents. Sciatica is also common when there are subluxations (misalignments) in the spine due to postural issues, pregnancy, or trauma. Some patients say they simply bent over to pick up a piece of paper and they were hit with extreme pain. The reality is that the spinal condition was probably developing for quite some time before the triggering incident occurred.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SCIATICA
Chiropractic care can be very effective for sciatica-related symptoms. Some people respond very quickly while others take more time to recover. It really depends on the condition of the disc or the joints and the overall general health of the individual. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it will take to achieve correction. The great news is that it typically takes less time to fix an issue like this than it took to create it. A combination of conservative Chiropractic care including manipulation, decompression (mechanical traction), passive modalities (electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound), soft tissue mobilization, and home stretches and exercises are often very effective in resolving and healing a sciatica episode. If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, call Phoenixville Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.