Sciatica is a condition that results from impingement of the nerve roots of the lumbar spine. It is commonly caused by misaligned bones in the lower back which pinch the nerve leading to the symptoms of sciatica.
Common symptoms of sciatica include shooting pain down the leg, numbness in the buttock and legs and weakness in the leg or feet. It can also present as localized pain in the low back and hip areas.
Sciatica is typically treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractic has been shown to be a very effective and safe treatment for most cases of sciatica. In severe cases steroid drugs are sometimes prescribed in order to reduce inflammation of the nerve and pain.
Here are 3 facts about sciatica you might now know.
Although extremely painful, if is typically a self limiting condition- People often have difficulty even getting out of bed when sciatica symptoms initially come on. While this is alarming the worse of these symptoms usually clear up within a day or so. Even so, while any symptoms remain treatment is recommended because the initial improvement is from the body locking things down long enough to begin the healing process.
It is estimated 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives- Low back pain and sciatica occur because of 2 reasons. Traumatic injury or repetitive strain. Because almost everyone uses their spines in a repetitive manner its almost a given that at some point we all will have problems with our lower backs. Regular chiropractic care is especially useful for preventing this or at least mitigating the severity of symptoms when they do occur.
Sciatica (and low back pain) is one of the #1 causes of lost productivity in America- Lost days at work and missed family time and events are one of the main things sciatica causes. Lets face it, you can’t really work if you can barely walk or stand up straight. Getting prompt treatment when you experience sciatica improves the recovery rate so if you do find yourself experiencing symptoms call your chiropractor ASAP. If after several treatments you are not improving they will let you know what to do next.
I have personally treated hundreds of cases of sciatica in my 10+ years of clinical practice. If you or someone you know if having symptoms of sciatica call me at 715-246-7500 or message me on Facebook (Arvold Chiropractic). We will evaluate your case and recommend a treatment plan and have you back to feeling great as soon as possible.