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Sciatica Symptoms & Treatment

Sciatica symptoms can range from a mild twinge in your lower back or leg to excruciating, incapacitating pain. For most people, the pain begins in the lower back, then extends down the buttock and into the leg, affecting one side or the other but usually not both sides simultaneously. Prolonged sitting worsens the pain, as does prolonged standing. Coughing or sneezing, laughing and leaning or bending backward also increase sciatica pain.

Underlying Sciatica Causes

Other symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • Tingling or pins-and-needles feeling, usually in the toes or foot
  • Weakness somewhere along the sciatic nerve pathway
  • Numbness somewhere along the sciatic nerve pathway, often not in the same place as the weakness
  • An electric shock or jolt-type sensation

Sciatica is not an illness or condition in and of itself; rather, it is a term used to refer to a collection of symptoms resulting from irritation, inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. Many different things can affect the sciatic nerve, and most of them originate in the lower back.

Areas along your spinal cord may narrow, reducing the space for the nerves that run through that area. This puts pressure on the nerve roots. When the narrowing occurs in the lower spine, the result is often sciatica.

In other cases, herniated or bulging discs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, as can bone spurs. Occasionally, muscle tightness or spasms in the back of the leg can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. And of course, traumas like falls, car accidents or blows to your spine can result in painful sciatica symptoms.

Sciatica is incredibly common, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal! Whatever the underlying cause of your sciatica, there is a natural and drug-free approach that addresses both the cause and the symptoms of sciatica. Keep reading to learn more.

Sciatica Relief with Chiropractic

Traditional treatment for sciatica symptoms includes prescription or over-the-counter medications, including pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, narcotics, anti-depressants and anti-convulsants. Of course, all medications have risks of side effects and interactions with other medications, and none of them address the root cause of your sciatica pain. More aggressive medical treatments include epidural steroid injections (injections of corticosteroids directly into the space surrounding the spinal cord) and surgery.

Fortunately, chiropractors offer a safer alternative – one that not only alleviates the painful symptoms of sciatica, but also works to correct the underlying problem.

Chiropractic has helped millions of people find long-lasting relief because it addresses the entire problem, not just the outer symptoms.

Virtually all of the causes of sciatica stem from some type of bony misalignment in the spine. By identifying these misalignments and safely and gently correcting them, chiropractic helps the body to heal itself. Once your spine is properly aligned, it may be easier for you to correct your posture and develop the muscle tone necessary to keep your spine in proper working order.

Find a chiropractor today and take the first step towards healing your sciatica – and its hidden causes!

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