Extending from your lower back down through your leg is one of the two longest nerves in your body. That’s your sciatic nerve, and you have two of them. One that runs through each leg, and each one is connected to your spine by five spinal nerve roots.
When there is pressure or irritation on one of those nerves or nerve roots, Sciatica occurs. Burning, searing, or a sharp pain are often the words used by sufferers to describe the pain. Though, other words used to describe the pressure, numbness, tingling, or a prickling.
Whatever the pain feels like, it will often radiate down whichever leg is affected. It will also often increase when a person sits or stands still. It is also a constant pain and only occurs in the leg of the damaged Sciatic Nerve.
Below is a list of the types of pains a person suffering from Sciatica might experience
- Pain in the rear of one leg
- Leg or foot weakness
- Pain in your lower back that radiates down to your foot
- Pain in your buttock that radiates down to your foot
- Pain often worsens when standing or sitting still
From Mild to Severe Sciatic Pain
Most of the time, Sciatica is mild, but there are occasions when it may be more critical. A person can tell the severity of the damage to their sciatic nerve by knowing if they have the inability to control their bowel or bladder. They can also tell if the experience an increased loss of weakness or loss of sensation in the leg.
Unfortunately, too many Sciatica sufferers think they just need to go on suffering, but that’s just not true. They can seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, who can help them by examining their upper neck vertebrae. A misaligned of the top two vertebrae of only 1/4th of a millimeter can lead to Sciatica and various other conditions.
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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/