Some people have heard of sciatica. Some people have experienced it, but didn’t know what it was called. Everyone who has suffered from the pain knows how frustrating it can be.
So what is it exactly? Patients with sciatica often experience pain that originates in the lower back. The pain radiates into the buttock, into the leg, and even down into the foot in some cases. Often times, the buttock & leg pain is worse than the back pain.
It can be described as a deep ache, similar to a severe toothache, or shooting pain. When sciatic pain hits, sitting, standing, & walking can all become difficult. It is often hard to find a position that doesn’t hurt. As a result, the pain can begin to affect your daily life, your work, and even your sleep.
Pinching of the sciatic nerve is what causes sciatic pain. The sciatic nerve’s job is to provide sensation to the skin of the leg and foot. As a result, you may experience pain in those areas. There can be several causes for sciatica including a disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.
It is best to see your chiropractor, who can properly diagnose and treat your sciatic pain. Unlike simply taking pain medication, a chiropractor can address the cause of your sciatica instead of just masking the symptoms.
According to an article in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, “60% of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention.” As a result, chiropractic care can be an excellent alternative to surgery and addicting pain medication for your sciatic pain.