Sciatica is what happens when one of your lower body nerves is compressed or irritated. In this case, it’s the sciatic nerve that runs down from your lower back, down to your legs and feet.
Sciatica is a painful condition that can very easily incapacitate a person based on how severe it is. The pain that it can cause can numb the sensations you have in the lower part of your body at best, and cause excruciating pain at the worst.Severe pain from Sciatica can become a major problem if left alone for long enough. If left long enough, the damage can become permanent and severely limit your range of mobility.
What Causes Sciatica?
Like the type of pain that it can cause, Sciatica itself has numerous causes. The most common cause is that your sciatic nerve is compressed by one of your spinal discs. This usually happens when you’re in a particularly nasty accident. Car accidents in particular can easily cause one or more of your discs to become herniated because of the amount of force and trauma that can happen in a collision. Even simple falls at the wrong angle can cause a herniated disc and compress your sciatic nerve.
Another common cause is excessive body weight or obesity. Excess weight on your lower body can compress the sciatic nerve and your spine. Eventually you might end up having to deal with Sciatica simply because of poor diet and/or lack of exercise.
What Can You Do About It?
There are quite a few things you can do to help ease the pain from Sciatica. One great solution is to use warmth, like from a bath or warm compress, to help relax the muscles in your lower back. Another good solution is to slowly improve your strength through gentle exercise, stretching and/or yoga. These are great ways to help your body slowly overcome the condition.
However, do note that these solutions are great at home if you’re only experiencing minor pain or numbness. More intense cases will need the help of a professional so you don’t end up hurting yourself. Approaching a professional like us can help you avoid permanent issues in the future. Sciatica chiropractic treatment in particular can be helpful when it comes to reducing the amount of pain you experience from this condition, as well as helping your body heal faster. Nutrition counseling is also an excellent option to help you find a diet that will help hasten your recovery.
Active Family Chiropractic, Your Companion Against Sciatica
Sciatica is a difficult condition that can heavily affect your quality of life. No one should ever have to deal with it alone. We at Active Family Chiropractic want to make sure that Sciatica doesn’t ruin the beauty of life for you just because you have pain in your back and lower legs.