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Sciatica: What is This Awful Pain?

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’ve never suffered the pain of sciatica, you’re definitely lucky. Sciatica can be more than irritating … it can be debilitating. But even though you’ve likely heard of this word and the associated discomfort, what exactly is it? And how can it be avoided? If you’re currently suffering from this pain or you’re interested in treating and avoiding current flare-ups, take a look at these important questions and answers.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is technically pain that stems from the sciatic nerve. When this nerve is pinched or otherwise pressured, it can cause pain in the lower back, hip, and into the leg. It may be a quick stabbing pain, a tingling sensation, or a dull ache that won’t quit. Most people find the pain of sciatica quite debilitating, causing disruption in everyday life and a constant suffering in the body.

What Causes It?

There are many causes of sciatica, and sometimes the cause seems to be unknown. In general, the cause is pressure on the sciatic nerve, but this pressure may come about from a variety of sources. Excessive weight, a growing baby belly, a pinched nerve, or an injury are all common reasons that a person experiences pain in this region.

How Can It Be Treated?

Treating sciatica is difficult, but it is possible. For some cases, simple stretching alleviates the discomfort. These stretches can be found online or may be recommended by a doctor. If the cause is excessive weight -- whether from pregnancy or overeating -- losing that excess weight may help with the pain. Another effective option is to get chiropractic care. Chiropractors may be able to adjust the spine and related restrictions in the vertebrae, which may then relieve that pressure from the sciatic nerve. If you suffer from sciatica on an ongoing basis, this may be one of the best ways to manage the problem for a lifetime of pain relief and better health.

When you’re ready to tackle the pain of sciatica head on, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free process. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care without the hassle. Sciatica is a difficult and painful problem. Get a little help finding relief and moving your health in a better direction beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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