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Sciatic pain can range anywhere between a mild dull ache to a debilitating unbearable pain! Learn some causes, remedies and prevention…
Pain originates in the spine and radiates down the back of the leg, buttocks, hip, or lower extremities. Sciatic pain typically affects only one side of the body.
The pain associated with it can be mild, severe, radiating or sharp. In severe cases it may cause leg numbness or pins and needles. Also common is a burning sensation, foot numbness, limping or muscle weakness.
Other more serious signs and symptoms can accompany sciatic pain. That’s why it is important to seek the advice of your Doctor/Chiropractor as soon as possible.
Causes of Sciatic Pain
Sciatic pain is a symptom of a problem and not the problem itself. As such, it has many potential causes. Treatment for an individual’s sciatica largely depends on what is causing the pain.
Common causes of sciatic pain include the following:
- dysfunction of the sacroiliac and lumbar spine known as subluxation
- a protrusion or herniation of a disc
- a narrowing of the canal that houses the spinal cord known as spinal stenosis
- a progressive disease that dehydrates the discs and deteriorates the vertebrae known as degenerative disc disease
- injuries such strains & sprains that cause swelling in the surrounding tissues, increasing pressure on the sciatic nerve
Stretching: Not just any stretch! The Single Knee Pull is a very safe stretch to do without running the risk of further aggravating the condition.
Ice: The application of ice for 20 minutes at a time several times a day, preferably after doing the Single Knee Pull. The ice should be placed in the lowest part of the back even if the majority of pain might be in the buttock and/or leg.
In general, regular exercise and building a strong core will help in maintaining good posture while sitting and standing which may help prevent any future flare up.
Regular chiropractic care to maintain and influence joint mobility along with the home remedies are very effective.
Words to the wise…
Chiropractic first, drugs second, surgery last! Remember you are not your MRI!