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You've probably heard about sciatica and may know that it's associated with back pain, but many people don't understand what causes it or how it can be prevented. Our team of chiropractors with Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation see many patients at their Quincy, Massachusetts office who are dealing with sciatica. Below is information about what causes sciatica and how it can be prevented.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve pathway is the largest spinal nerve in the body, running from the lower back down most of one leg. Compression or irritation of this nerve is known as sciatica, which causes a shooting pain in the lower back, buttock, leg, even traveling as far as the foot. Many of your Quincy chiropractor's patients also report a feeling of weakness in the leg. The pain is often consistent regardless of position; sitting, standing, and even lying down may produce some measure of discomfort. Sciatica is common in middle-aged adults and is typically considered a symptom of a health issue such as a herniated spinal disc, a displaced vertebra, or even pregnancy (due to the baby's head pushing against the sciatic nerve).
How Do I Prevent Sciatica?
If you've dealt with a case of sciatica, you're likely hoping to avoid another. Even if you're lucky enough to have avoided sciatica, preventing back problems should always be a priority. One of the best ways to prevent sciatic nerve pain is to use proper techniques when lifting. Regardless of how much the object weighs, always take care to lift with your back straight and your knees bent, holding it as close to your core as possible. Exercise will also help to strengthen your muscles and maintain good posture, while regular spinal adjustments from your Quincy chiropractor will help to keep your body aligned.
Contact Us Today!
If you think you may have sciatica, our chiropractors can help you! Contact Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today to schedule an appointment. We have convenient locations all over Massachusetts: Quincy, West Roxbury, Brockton, Dorchester, Attleboro, Taunton, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, and Kingston.
Are you feeling a burning sensation, numbness or pain in your lower back, buttocks, hips, or legs? You might be suffering from sciatica.
If you live near Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth, Somerset, MA, you should consider contacting David Smith, DC, at Milton Chiropractic to find out more about what sciatica is and how you can treat it.
Sciatica is a condition that refers to pain that originates and radiates along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back and branches through your buttocks, hips and both legs. Sciatica occurs when something compresses part of the nerve. This can cause inflammation, pain, and some numbness. Depending on the situation, the discomfort can be moderate to severe, varying from a mild ache to a sharp pain, burning sensation, or excruciating pain. Sneezing, coughing, or prolonged sitting can aggravate the symptoms, and usually only one side of the body is affected.
There are many causes of sciatica. This includes ruptured or herniated disc, bone spurs on the spine, narrowing of the spine, Piriformis, which is cramping or spasms of the piriformis muscle, or similar lower back injuries. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause sciatica, as can non-spinal problems such as diabetes. Even sitting for lengths of time with your wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica.
Your chiropracor Dr. Smith will probably suggest any of a number of treatment options to consider for relief from your sciatica. These could include but are not limited to:
- ·Ice/cold therapy, which reduces inflammation and can help control and alleviate pain.
- ·Ultrasound, which generates gentle heat through use of sound waves.
- ·Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) which uses controlled levels of electric current to stimulate muscles.
- ·Spinal manipulation/adjustments, in which the doctor adjusts the spine to help free restricted movement and restore misaligned vertebra. This is the core treatment option of chiropractic medicine.
If you are suffering from sciatic pain, consider contacting Milton Chiropractic serving Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth, Somerset. For more information call (617)471-4491.