Do you have pain emanating from your lower back, down one of your legs and into your foot? It’s probably sciatica.
Sciatica victims often experience what feels like cramping, excruciating or shooting pain, numbness, and/or a tingling sensation (pins and needles) in their leg. These symptoms can be felt in either the right or left leg, rarely both simultaneously. This mild to intense pain often begins in your leg or buttocks and can radiate through your foot and in to your toes, making everyday activities, such as, sitting, standing or driving nearly impossible.
Sciatica can occur suddenly or it can develop gradually. It can also affect both men and women alike; nobody is out of reach. So, chiropractic therapy is one of the best options to alleviate sciatic nerve pain. With the right treatment, most cases will gain immediate relief, with pain subsiding and likely diminishing within the first few weeks.
We could try to impress you by rattling off the technical terms for the main causes of sciatic nerve pain, such as, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Stenosis, Piriformis Syndrome, or a herniated disc, but we both know you probably couldn't care less. Sciatica is essentially just a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine, but all you know is that you were getting down at your high school reunion when pure agony struck. It felt like nothing less than a thousand spiders, with not so tiny knives, running down your leg and into your foot.
This is because the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back all the way down the back of each leg. When you injure, stress, or put pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, leg and foot.
Going to the chiropractor may save you from months of excruciating pain potentially ending in a surgery that may or may not bring permanent relief. Up to 90% of people recover from sciatica without surgery, so please, do not fall into the 10% of people who wait too long.
Wouldn’t you rather have your sciatica pain be non-existent so you can pursue what’s left of your mediocre golf game? Or think about the eight-hour road trip your family makes to the beach every year. The only thing that is more painful than spending a week with your entire neurotic extended family is the fear of missing out on it.
You could put on the white coat and hit up WebMD, but no matter how much you Google, you’re not going to receive your PhD in lumbar pain overnight. And I know what else you’re thinking, you’re going to “take it easy” for a while, “get some rest,” and you know, “let it heal itself.” Wrong again. Coddling your sciatica is actually one of the worst things you can do. Without the proper treatment and exercise recommendations, lower back muscles will become weak and deconditioned. This results in your muscles being less able to support your back and spine.
Patients with sciatic nerve pain should never attempt to self-treat their condition. Consulting a chiropractor is essential, as one patient’s treatment options may be very different from those of another. We can also help to detect any serious problems early on and take the appropriate action to prevent permanent nerve damage or spinal injury.
Establishing a correct diagnosis is the first step towards sciatic pain relief. Most sciatica pain, if treated by a chiropractor quickly and correctly, will subside within the first week with no looming need for surgery. So come to the experts in sciatic nerve pain, Arrowhead Clinic. It is important that we diagnose your specific problem as soon as possible to allow us to adjust your back accordingly!
Contact Arrowhead Clinic today to speak with one of our experienced chiropractors!