Sciatica Symptoms and Treatments
By Amy Silva
There are many types of back pain that come and go and don't require pain management or a trip to the doctor. Muscle pain in the back is one of these instances. But if you have a lower back pain, tingling or sharp pain that radiates down one or both legs, you may have sciatica. Chiropractic care from The Joint Chiropractic may be an effective treatment for sciatic symptoms.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of back pain that one can sometimes diagnose themselves, but a chiropractor can help give the proper diagnosis. It typically occurs due to a herniated disc in the spine. Symptoms can come on quick and last a short time or can occur gradually and last for weeks or even months in some cases. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and goes down the legs. It can affect anyone but those with a higher risk of sciatica are those who have diabetes, are obese, or are older. Others who may potentially be at risk are people who spend a lot of time sitting down or have a physically demanding job in which they must lift and carry heavy weight, for example.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The major symptom of sciatica is having nerve pain or leg numbness due to the herniated disc placing pressure on surrounding nerves, including the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the lower back and goes down the legs. Sciatica usually only affects one leg and isn't always severe. Other times it can be debilitating, and the slightest movements send a sharp pain down the leg making it difficult to sit, stand, walk or even lie down to rest.
Treatment of Sciatica
Many times, prescription medication or other medical treatments are not necessary if sciatic pain isn't severe enough to interfere with daily life. Mild symptoms can be managed by ensuring you maintain proper posture throughout the day or exercising and doing certain stretches to relieve symptoms. Visiting the chiropractors at The Joint is a great option when seeking relief. They may be able to help relieve pressure on the nerve by using manual manipulation and helping you avoid unnecessary medication. In some cases of more severe sciatica symptoms where they aren't manageable on your own or after trying chiropractic, surgery may be required. This should be a last resort.
If you are dealing with pain from sciatica, a visit to see the chiropractors at The Joint may help ease your symptoms. They are open evenings and weekends for walk-ins; no appointment is necessary.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Missouri City, Tex.