If you suffer from Sciatica, that is frequently the result of pressure on your Sciatic nerve. But maybe you don’t know whether or not your suffer from this injury, which can manifest itself in various ways in your lower back. Here are some of the symptoms you might experience as a result of that pressure.
- Pain in the Derriere or leg (It worsens when sitting, standing, or squatting)
- Burning or tingling (“Pins and needles”) sensation in the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty of motion in the legs or feet
Since sciatica is the result of pressure on the Sciatic Nerve, which runs from the buttock down the leg, and we have two of these nerves, a person will usually only feel the pain on the side of the body that that is putting pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
Though, while it is one thing to know that that lower back pain is due to pressure on a single nerve, it is another thing to identify the cause of that pain. There are many factors that can lead to that pressure, some of which are listed below.
Causes of Sciatica
- Disc problems in the back
- Muscle trauma or injury
- Extra weight from pregnancy
- Swelling, arthritis, spinal cancer, and certain other spinal diseases
- Postural problems
Medicating Your Sciatica
Of course, the most common way to attempt to relieve pain of sciatica is to take medication, such as NSAID’s like Advil, muscle relaxers and epidural steroid medicines, may bring down the swelling and pain levels temporarily. The problem with that option is that there is no medication in the world that does not come without the risks of side effects and medications will not get to the underlying cause.
Another way to alleviate that pressure on the sciatic nerve, if it is caused by a tumor or a damaged disc, is through surgery. Though, surgery also comes with risks, and it is never guaranteed.
Sciatica and Your Spinal Alignment
Now, while the bad news is that medication and surgery may not be the best ways to alleviate that pressure or remove that obstruction that is causing that pressure on your sciatic nerve, there is a third option. That pressure is due to a misalignment in the spine that is leading to postural problems, disc problems or both. This means that the only way to relieve yourself of that pain is to realign the spine.
A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter in the top two vertebrae in your neck can cause your entire spine to fall out of alignment and manifest itself as sciatica.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/