Sciatica: Nerve Irritation and Pain
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttock, down into leg. The sensations range from stabbing pain, numbness, or a dull achiness. The condition usually begins as lower back pain, extending down and becoming leg pain over time. However, some experience pain in only one site, such as the foot or buttock.
Managing the Condition
Injuries, sports, sedentary lifestyles, diabetes, pregnancy, or aging can compress or irritate the nerve, resulting in lower back pain and leg pain. If you work a desk job, consider taking a walk or two during your breaks, or even reserving time for a quick stretch. Try to maintain good posture to protect your back. In most cases, herniated discs mend on their own without surgery, and chiropractic care is an effective way to achieve leg and back pain relief, while accelerating the healing process of sciatica.
Sciatica describes a set of symptoms, rather than a formal diagnosis. Spinal misalignments, or subluxations, cause vertebrae to move improperly or get stuck. Another cause of the condition is a herniated disc, when one or more of the discs between your spinal bones sustains a trauma and bulges onto the nerve. Illnesses like arthritis and diabetes, or isolated events such as pregnancy or car accidents, can also cause spinal trauma.
Chiropractic Care for Nerve Pain
A doctor may prescribe prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication to temporarily reduce the pain associated with an irritated nerve. However, chiropractic adjustment therapy stands to provide sustained relief by treating the root of your problem through spinal manipulations. The condition is structural in nature, and chiropractic care resolves sciatic problems by realigning the spinal bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.
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