Those suffering sciatica are often in their 40s and 50s. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then it extends down the back of either leg. The pain typically worsens with long periods of sitting or standing.
Like a large river created by smaller streams, five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft, pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip”, it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on nearby nerves.
The result? Swelling. Pain. Inflammation. Pain when coughing, sneezing or with other kinds of movement. Sciatica often worsens with extended bed rest.
Pain medication or muscle relaxants mask the symptoms—they are unable to correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc.
Physical therapy merely exercises unstable joints. Surgery often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve. Fortunately, sciatica often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care.
“Before” and “After” images of the lower back following chiropractic treatment often show improved disc height and spacing. Many patients report that they can resume their lives and that their symptoms have disappeared without drugs or surgery.
How do you get sciatica?
It’s easy to trace some spinal problems to an event, such as a car accident. However sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes set the stage. Then, something simple like bending over to tie your shoelaces, can trigger an episode.
Can anything else cause sciatica?
Spinal decay can be a possible culprit. Instead of disc thinning that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, arthritic bone spurs can intrude into the space normally reserved for the nerve.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Most sciatica patients are delighted with the results they get after several weeks or months of care. Naturally, this varies from patient to patient. Many discover that years of neglect have produced spinal instabilities that may never fully heal. These patients usually elect to continue with periodic chiropractic checkups. It’s up to you!
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