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Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica can be a very disruptive issue, leading to chronic pain that makes it hard to function. If you’ve never experienced it, you might not understand what causes it or why it’s so difficult to live with. Today we’re going to explore this important topic to help everyone understand what sciatica is and why it’s so painful.

Sciatica basics

The sciatic nerve is the largest one in your body. It’s actually about the same diameter as your little finger! It’s also the longest single nerve in your body. This vital nerve branches off your spine and runs down the back of each leg, providing communication and sensation to much of your lower extremities.

What causes sciatica?

This large nerve can become irritated, inflamed, and agitated by degenerative issues, or even injured. For instance, lower back injuries can be accompanied by sciatic pain. Disc issues, including misalignment, can also lead to sciatica. However, it’s important to note that there are some potentially serious causes of sciatic pain, so it’s important never to ignore the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms can include shooting pain from your buttocks down through the back of one or both legs. Typically, however, the pain is limited to one side. You might also feel tingling, numbness, or sharp stabbing pain. Sciatic pain can be intermittent or constant, and it can last for weeks at a time. Those suffering with this condition often find that their pain worsens when they sit, cough, sneeze, or make sudden movements.

Relief from sciatica

Since there are actually some potentially serious causes for this issue, it’s important to seek the advice of a medical professional if you experience any symptoms. They can help determine the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan which may involve chiropractic care, physical therapy, and additional exercises.

Sciatica pain is more than an inconvenience. It can limit your activities and keep you on the sidelines. The good news is that you don’t have to live with it anymore. If you think you have this type of pain, we invite you to give us a call and schedule a consultation.

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