Sciatica is pain that radiates down the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from the lower back to the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Only one side of the body is generally only affected. If pressure is being put on the sciatic nerve, sciatica is the end result.
What are sciatica symptoms?
- Severe pain in the buttocks or leg
- Pain that worsens when sitting, standing, or squatting
- Tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in the leg
- Weakness of the muscles
- Difficulty moving the leg or foot
What causes there to be pressure on the sciatic nerve? There can be a number of reasons. Here are some common ones:
- Being overweight
- Poor posture
- Disc problems of the back
- Weight from pregnancy
- Injury or damage to muscles
- Different spinal diseases, such as arthritis, cancer, and swelling
Relief for Sciatica
Many look to pain medication as the answer. Things such as steroids, muscle relaxers, and NSAIDs might be prescribed by a doctor. These may provide temporary relief and can get a person through some painful times, but they do not address the underlying root of the problem. Some have gone as far as having surgery to relieve their pain. But, others wonder if there are any natural solutions that work?
NUCCA doctors have had much success in relieving patients with sciatica. It is hard to believe for some, but the cause of lower back pain can actually originate in the neck area. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter in one of the top two vertebrae can cause all kinds of problems throughout the body, including sciatica. By seeking upper cervical care, many have seen the pain of sciatica go away.
We have been specifically trained to find these misalignments and work with each individual patient to correct them. There is no twisting or popping of the spine. Rather, we use a gentle method that brings long-term results to our patients. Yes, sciatica pain can be a thing of the past without the use of prescription drugs or surgery.
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