Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica symptoms can leave you feeling restless, helpless and in pain.

You’re not alone—join the millions who have found hope with natural, gentle chiropractic care.

Sciatica Symptoms and 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 Causes of Sciatica

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.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Lady getting back adjustmentSciatica symptoms are common, but that doesn’t mean they’re 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—chiropractic care.

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 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.

Once the cause of your sciatica symptoms has been found, a chiropractor will work with you to develop a custom plan of action that may involve adjustments, stretches or at home exercises to bring your body optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adjustments feel great. Most patients actually find them quite relaxing and enjoyable. Many patients of chiropractic leave the office feeling happy and healthy. While everyone responds differently, your chiropractor will outline exactly what to expect from your first and subsequent adjustments.

It’s difficult to answer using a set number because everyone’s case and body is different. Rest assured, your chiropractor will come up with a care plan designed specifically around your needs. The best part of chiropractic care? When and how frequently you receive an adjustment is up to you.

While many patients of chiropractic elect to continue routine adjustments, the choice is entirely up to you. Think of it this way—you go to the dentist every six months for a cleaning to maintain your oral health—why not visit a chiropractor to ensure a properly functioning nervous system instead of waiting until you’re in pain?

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