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Lower Back Sciatica Pain

girl-with-sciatica-painSciatica symptoms include lower back pain, pain in the buttocks and/or leg pain, with the pain ranging from mild to severe, depending on the person and the underlying cause of the sciatica symptoms. Weakness, numbness or tingling may also be present. Sciatica lower back pain occurs when nerves are irritated or compressed somewhere along the sciatic nerve route. Finding relief for your lower back pain can be like looking for a needle in a haystack – unless you know where to look first! Learn more.

Sciatica All of a Sudden

Many people experience a sudden onset of their sciatica pain, even if they haven’t experienced a car accident or other traumatic blow to the back. That’s because sciatica is often the result of months, years or even a lifetime of habits that, little by little, weaken and destabilize the spine. Do any of these sound familiar:

  • Poor posture?
  • Not much muscle tone?
  • Hours sitting at a desk or behind the wheel?
  • On your feet all day?

Your body can adapt to an amazing array of stressors but at some point, the ability to adapt lessons and you begin to experience the symptoms “suddenly, ” even though the problem has been present for a very long time.

“Treating” Sciatica

When the symptoms of sciatica appear, your primary goal becomes finding an effective sciatica treatment. Unfortunately, most traditional approaches to sciatica relief simply treat the symptoms; or, more accurately, mask the symptoms. Pain relievers and the other powerful drugs relax the muscles and numb the nerves, so you don’t feel as much pain – but your nerves are still inflamed and compressed, and your spine is still malpositioned. Sciatica exercises (physical therapy) increase your strength and tolerance to pain – yet again, nothing is done to alleviate the nerve disturbances or bony misalignments in the spine. A very aggressive approach, surgery, actually irreversibly removes bone from the spine.

Treating the symptoms of a problem doesn’t do anything to correct the underlying cause of the problem. And unless you get to the root of your sciatica back pain, your symptoms will simply return the next time your body is unable to adapt to some new stress – often something as mundane as picking up the newspaper. What you need is a safe, natural approach to healing your sciatic nerve pain at its source. Luckily, such a thing isn’t so hard to find after all!

Chiropractic for Lower Back Sciatica Pain

To find that safe, natural approach, all you have to do is contact one of our sponsors – there’s sure to be one in your area – and set up an appointment for an initial chiropractic consultation.

Chiropractic is different because it doesn’t doesn’t “treat” anything. Instead, chiropractic pinpoints the origins of symptoms and works to correct those underlying misalignments that have been causing the painful symptoms. Once those misalignments are reduced and your nervous system is functioning properly, your body is able to heal itself!

You can feel confident, knowing that chiropractors have:

Years of education and training
State licensing and oversight
Federal recognition
Approval by most insurance companies

In addition, our chiropractors are kind, compassionate and highly successful when it comes to low back pain sciatica. When you arrive for your consultation, be prepared to answer a host of questions that will help your doctor understand what’s going on, both with your sciatic nerve pain specifically and with your life in general. Then the doctors will exam you and let you know two things: if chiropractic can help you, and how.

If chiropractic is a good choice for your lower back pain, your doctor will describe the strategy he or she has in mind for targeting your specific areas of disturbance. Then gentle, safe chiropractic adjustments to these areas will be made.

No health care provider can guarantee a particular outcome, but chiropractic is more popular than all other alternative medical approaches simply because it gets results! Some sciatica patients experience relief quickly, while for others the process is considerably slower – usually because of many years of unhealthy habits and neglect – but the majority of our patients are delighted with their results.

You can be too! Take action today to end your suffering – call a chiropractor and help your body heal itself naturally.

Underlying Problems With Sciatica

Sciatica is a set of symptoms associated with disturbance of the sciatic nerve, which can be caused by several underlying problems. The following list includes some conditions you may have heard of that are often associated; each involves some type of bony degeneration or misalignment that results in disturbance of the sciatic nerve:

Condition Explanation
Spinal Stenosis Your spinal cord, which is made of many nerves that run the length of your spine, is housed within the spinal canal. Nerves from the spinal cord branch off into nerves that supply the rest of your body. In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows (often the result of decay or arthritis), putting pressure on the nerves within the spinal cord or the roots of the branching nerves.
Spondylolisthesis Also typically the result of degeneration, spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra extends forward over another, pressing on a nerve.
Piriformis Syndrome The piriformis is a large muscle in the buttocks. This muscle can become very tight, putting pressure directly on the sciatic nerve, which runs beneath the muscle.
Trauma Trauma includes any blow to the back, from something as traumatic as a car accident to something as mild as getting bumped in a crowded elevator.
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