Sciatica is characterized by an agitation of the sciatic nerve. Symptoms of sciatica include:
Although the sciatic nerve stretches down each of your legs, usually you’ll only feel the pain on one side of the body. In most cases, people with sciatica will feel it in the lower back, hip, and leg all at the same time. Some patients may also feel pain, numbness, or tingling in the feet or toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve was agitated.
While some patients experience severe, debilitating pain, others who only have minor sciatica should still get treated. Minor sciatica has the potential to worsen over time if left unchecked.
Sciatica is present when the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine are agitated. However, there are some other causes of sciatica, including:
If you’re overweight or not getting enough exercise, your sciatica has the potential to worsen. If you want to prevent yourself from getting sciatica, you should sleep on a firm mattress, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.
Dr. Schrier will begin by taking your medical history and performing a physical examination of your body. He may also perform a series of manipulations on your spine to realign your musculoskeletal system, depending on your condition.
You can also sit on a heating pad for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours, or take a warm shower to alleviate pain. Avoid sitting for extended periods of time, and alternate lying down along with short walks to keep the muscle loose.
If you’re experiencing sciatica, you should book an appointment online with Dr. Schrier, DC, at Schrier Family Chiropractic today, to learn more about how you can treat your pain.
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