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Getting a Grip on Sciatic Nerve Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

In my earlier years, I worked for a big retail corporation at one of the many warehouses spread out across the United States.

During my 5-year warehouse career I worked every shift they offered, and in every department inside the warehouse. It was hot, sometimes back-breaking work loading and unloading freight from 18-wheeler trailers or railcars by hand in an unairconditioned environment. If you were lucky -- and skilled enough -- you rotated one month loading and unloading freight, and spent one month driving a forklift. 

Unlike today, my co-workers and I didn't have the available back braces and other safety equipment to help protect our backs. Oftentimes I would see a few colleagues go down with lower back injuries. Some of them ended up having to take time off work to recuperate or have surgery on their back. Be thankful that work rules have changed a lot from back then. If you injured your back doing warehouse work where I was, it usually meant your days were numbered or they simply let you go.

I was lucky not to have injured my back. No, that wouldn't be a problem until years later when I reached my 50s. That's about the time period I discovered a new type of back pain, sciatica.

The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back region and runs down the back of both legs. When inflamed, the pain can be very excruciating to the point where doing what used to be the simplest tasks, becomes much more difficult. Not only can sciatic nerve pain affect your lower back, it can eventually lead to leg pain and weakness, which can limit your mobility and affect your lifestyle and activities.

Usually when we start to feel pain, the first solution to the problem in our minds is to start taking over-the-counter meds. These may give temporary relief, but when they wear off the pain returns, so we may end up taking them for long periods of time in hopes that the pain will eventually go away. OTCs can lead to addiction.

There is some better news, and a better way to treat your sciatica pain and that's through chiropractic adjustment and treatment. Chiropractic adjustment offers an all-natural, non-invasive, and non-addictive way to treat pain by reducing joint restrictions and misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body.

So when sciatica pain hits you, visit with your local chiropractor such as the ones that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint Chiropractic has more than 600 nationwide locations, with no appointment necessary to see one of their chiropractors on staff. No need to worry about insurance as they require $0 copays. 

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

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