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Sciatica Relief – There is Hope!

Sciatica is a collection of symptoms including weakness, pain or numbness anywhere along the length of the sciatic nerve pathway, which runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the backs of the legs. Sciatica symptoms are very common, resulting in more lost work days than anything else except the common cold. Learn how a drug-free, all-natural approach can provide the sciatica relief you need to get you back to work – and back to the things you enjoy.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Woman with sciatica painHard as it may be to believe, sciatica is not the cause of your crippling leg or back pain – it’s the symptom of it. Sciatica refers to the pain that occurs somewhere along the path traveled by the sciatic nerve, and it can be caused by a wide variety of underlying problems.

Although the severity of sciatica pain is often so great that people assume it must be triggered by a major trauma such as a car accident, the truth is that sciatica is often the result of small, unnoticed events that create a cumulative effect.

Bad posture, obesity and insufficient muscle tone, along with countless other factors, can, over time, weaken the back. Then something as simple as swinging your legs out of bed one morning can leave you incapacitated.

What Causes Sciatica?

Some of the underlying causes of sciatica include:

  • Herniated or bulging disc(s) in the lower back
  • Bone spurs in the lower back
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Trauma
  • None of the above

In the case of herniated or bulging discs, the discs press on or crowd nearby nerves, creating irritation and inflammation that results in pain in the leg(s), back or both. Similarly, bone spurs (often resulting from arthritis) can protrude into the spinal area normally reserved for nerves, irritating the nerves and resulting in sciatica pain. With degenerative disc disease, often one disc protrudes over another, pinching and inflaming the nerve. In a traumatic event such as a car accident, any number of things can compress a nerve, leading to the painful effects of sciatica. And finally, in many cases the cause of sciatica is simply not known.

What is known is that the underlying cause is often found in the lower back, with some structural nerve interference – which creates a domino effect of irritation and inflammation in other nearby nerves, ultimately resulting in compression of the sciatic nerve and the excruciating pain of sciatica. Fortunately, an all-natural solution exists!

Get Sciatica Relief Naturally with Chiropractic Care

Traditional sciatica treatment options typically include drugs, exercise and even surgery – but these approaches only address the symptoms, not the cause of the problem. Pain relievers merely mask the symptoms of sciatica, and the pain returns every few hours anyway. Bed rest (or even just sitting) often worsens sciatica pain. Exercises and physical therapy do nothing to correct the underlying mal-positioned discs and can further irritate overtaxed structures. And surgery permanently alters the structure of your bones and discs. On the other hand, chiropractic works with your body’s own ability to heal itself to create lasting relief for sciatica.

Whether your sciatica pain is in your back, your legs or both, it is likely the result of a misalignment in your back, and correcting misalignments safely and naturally is just what chiropractors do! Chiropractic has helped millions find sciatica pain relief, and you can join the growing crowd of satisfied patients – find a chiropractor today.

Chiropractors focus on correcting the underlying cause of your problem, rather than simply offering temporary relief of symptoms. They are well-educated medical professionals with licensing in all fifty states. And most insurance companies cover chiropractic care.

The caring doctors who are our sponsors are dedicated to finding a natural solution to your sciatica. You can get started by calling a doctor near your home or office. You’ll begin with a consultation and complete examination. The doctor will give you the results of the exam and let you know if chiropractic can help. If so, he or she will explain a recommended course of action created specifically to address your sciatica symptoms – and the underlying causes, ultimately providing sciatica relief.

Of course, results vary from one person to the next, but the reason chiropractic is the most sought-after alternative health care approach in the world is because we get results. Often patients report complete sciatica relief after a few visits. Some may discover that the degeneration in their spine is so advanced that the instabilities never fully heal – but with regular chiropractic care, their sciatica flare-ups are both less frequent and less severe.

Take action today to address your sciatica pain at its source! Chiropractic is a safe, natural solution to your sciatica, so give one of our sponsors a call and make an appointment to see if this drug-free approach is right for you. Don’t let sciatica keep you from doing the things you love for one more day!

Who Gets Sciatica Pain?

You may be wondering what you’ve “done” to get sciatica, especially if you haven’t been in a car accident and you don’t do much heavy lifting. While misalignments resulting in nerve compression can happen to anyone, certain things increase the likelihood of sciatica:

Risk Factor Effects
Prolonged Sitting Though it may seem counter-intuitive, active people experience sciatica less frequently than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle or who sit for prolonged periods of time.
Age Disc degeneration or herniation, which often contribute to the nerve compression resulting in sciatica symptoms, tend to worsen with age. These underlying causes are typically not seen until a person is in their forties.
Occupation Jobs (or other activities) that involve heavy lifting, twisting and other repeated stresses on the spine can contribute to sciatica symptoms. At the other end of the spectrum, occupations that require prolonged periods of sitting, such as driving or working all day at a desk, also increase the risk of sciatica.
Diabetes Diabetes can contribute to many nerve-related conditions, including sciatica.
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