Read on to learn how chiropractic can relieve the painful symptoms of Sciatica. Sciatica refers to pain the common condition affects more than 3 million people each year in the United States. or discomfort associated with the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the lower part of the spinal cord down the back and side of the leg to the foot. Injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause the characteristic pain of sciatica: a sharp or burning pain or even numbness that radiates from the lower back or hip, possibly following the path of the sciatic nerve to the foot. If you or someone you love is suffering from sciatica you’ve come to the right place. Chiropractic can relieve the painful symptoms of sciatica.
The Sciatic Nerve
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the buttock into the back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot. It serves a vital role in connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. Any type of pain and/or neurological symptoms that are felt along the sciatic nerve is referred to as sciatica. An impairment or issue with the sciatic nerve can cause muscle weakness, numbness and pain.
Symptoms and Conditions That Cause Sciatica
Common causes of sciatica include: Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back) Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae) Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one) and general wear and tear on the lower spine.
Risk Factors for Sciatic Pain
The Mayo Clinic list the following as risk factors for Sciatic Pain…
- Age, age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks and bone spurs are the most common causes of sciatica. ( An important reason why continuous and preventative chiropractic care is essential to spinal and overall health)
- Prolonged Sitting
Supporting Research for Chiropractic and Sciatica
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Whenever possible opt for conservative treatment over more invasive and drastic measures such as surgery. A 2006 study published in SPINE found that manipulations helped relieve pain due to acute back pain and sciatica. Another study published in 2010 found that 60% of sciatica patients (who had not received relief from other therapies) experienced the same level of relief from chiropractic adjustment as patients who eventually had surgery.
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