Sciatic Nerve Pain and Chiropractic Relief
By Debra Rodzinak
Nerve pain can be tremendously troublesome. Numbness, pain, and tingling can accompany a nerve that is pinched or damaged. This can be especially aggravating when the injury or damage is to the largest nerve in the human body -- the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is not only the largest nerve, it is the longest one, too. It spans from your lower back down the back of each leg into the feet and toes. Beginning as a group of nerve fibers in the lowest part of the spine, these fibers or nerve roots leave the spine through openings in the bones called foramen at the lower spine.
As the nerve roots join together, they become the sciatic nerve. Surprisingly, the sciatic nerve is as thick as your thumb at its largest point! It is no wonder that many people suffer from sciatic nerve pain at some point in their lives.
What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?
There are several conditions that can cause sciatic nerve pain. Most occur in the lower back. Degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc can cause sciatica. Depending on the location of the irritation to the sciatic nerve determines the sciatic nerve symptoms.
When pressure is placed along the nerve, pain can go down the legs ending at the foot. A herniated disc can place pressure on the nerve allowing for this type of pain. Spinal stenosis is a tightening of the spinal canal. When this tightening places pressure on the sciatic nerve, the pain can be in the back, buttocks, pelvis, legs, or feet. When a vertebra slips, pressure can also be placed on the sciatic nerve.
How Can Sciatic Nerve Pain Be Relieved?
Beginning with ice that numbs the pain and heat that increases circulation, bed rest in not advised. Chiropractic therapy can be performed after a visit to your doctor to diagnose the problem. By adjusting the spine, the pressure that is placed on the nerve can be released, bringing patients immediate relief without the use of drugs, surgery, or painful injections.
With a vast knowledge of the human spine and the nerves surrounding the spine, the experts at The Joint can help to relieve your sciatic nerve pain through the use of gentle spinal adjustments. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, the team at The Joint can provide you with a path to a healthy back without the pain of sciatica. Drop by The Joint today to find relief for your sciatica.