Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, or tingling that stems from irritation of the sciatic nerve. This large nerve originates from the lower back and travels into the buttocks and hips, ultimately extending into the thigh, lower leg and ending in each foot. Sciatica very commonly starts as low back pain and can affect people of all ages and activity levels.
What causes Sciatica?
A herniated or bulged disc, spinal or structural misalignment, or a narrowing of the spine itself (spinal stenosis) is the most common causes of sciatica. These can all result in pinching or pressure on parts of sciatic nerve. These causes can be a result of repetitive or improper lifting, athletic injuries, a slip and fall injury, motor vehicle accident, or work injury. Even sitting or standing for too long or poor posture can result in sciatic nerve pain.
What are the symptoms of Sciatica?
Sciatica is marked by pain that begins in the back or buttock and radiates down the leg and sometimes into the foot. Typically, only one side of the body is affected by feelings of pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. However, both sides may be affected.
How can I treat Sciatica?
The best chiropractic treatment of sciatic pain varies according to the individual needs of the patient. At Chuppe Chiropractic, the treatment is tailored to each patient, factoring in the cause of the sciatic nerve irritation, and providing specific treatment to eliminate the source of sciatica.
Other ways to treat Sciatica:
At Chuppe Chiropractic, we also provide recommendations for proper posture, lifting and lifestyle activity modifications.