Sciatic back and leg pain referred to as Sciatica is characterized by numbness and pain on one side of the lower back and buttocks. According to www.webmd.com, “Sciatica is the pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back.” Sciatica is usually the result of a repetitive motion, or lack thereof or compression injury and the pain is frequently worsened by sitting. Many people develop sciatic back pain by sitting behind a desk for long hours without taking necessary breaks to walk and stretch. Most of the time sciatic back pain can be temporarily relieved simply by standing up, walking or stretching. The degree Sciatic back pain varies from person to person and can be as minor as occasional discomfort or as extreme as total immobility and incapacitation, although the latter is rare.
Sciatic nerve is a network of nerves that branch out from the lower spine. When the Sciatic nerve is compressed at its source, pain is referred throughout the buttocks and can traverse down the leg reaching the toes. This makes Sciatica more difficult to diagnose as the referred leg pain often is mistaken for another injury such as a pulled muscle.
There are a number of causes of Sciatica and two of the most frequent are sitting and aging. Other causes are premature disc degeneration due to sports injuries. Playing football, running or even playing golf can cause the discs of the lower back to degenerate over the years, and the symptoms of Sciatica are felt long after you have stopped playing the sport. All of a sudden you are in pain merely from sitting and you don’t know the cause. Nine times out of ten the pain is from Sciatica.
Regular Chiropractic Care is the Key
As is the case for most back pain and discomfort, engaging in a regular visits to your Chiropractor in Arlington Tx can alleviate the Sciatica pain you are experienced and allow your compression injury to naturally and holistically repair itself. Treatment for Sciatica seeks to avoid dangerous surgery or potentially addictive and harmful drugs and medication. Alternating between heat and ice treatments can relieve Sciatica discomfort. Chiropractic treatments also include massaging the area of the Sciatic nerve, the buttocks, and the legs to increase the blood circulation to the area. As always, chiropractic treatments are designed to return your entire neck and spine in its natural and proper alignment. Only then can the tissues and nerves surrounding your discs have the space to heal themselves.
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