If you are experiencing pain that radiates from your back or buttocks all the way down your legs, you may have a common condition called sciatica. Many people look for Chiropractor so they don't have to suffer with the pain of sciatica, and many never achieve a long term solution. An untreated sciatic condition can continue to worsen and make the daily tasks of living go from difficult to impossible. This article is aimed at helping you to understand sciatica and explains how chiropractic treatment can help you to overcome it.

Sciatica, which is also known as sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in your lower back, down the back of your leg, and into your foot. It can make sitting and standing for long periods of time difficult and can lead to weakness, tingling, and numbness in the leg and foot. It will often come and go throughout a person's lifetime, causing periods of varying degrees of pain and discomfort. If left unchecked, sciatic pain will generally grow worse and your nerve can become permanently injured.

The reason why the pain travels so far, seems to radiate up and down the legs and back, is because it is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. This nerve originates in your lumbar spine and extends into your buttocks before traveling down your leg to your ankle and foot. When the vertebrae in your low back are compressed, the roots of your sciatic nerve can become pinched and irritated which is what causes the pain and injury.

There are a number of factors that can lead to sciatica. It is most commonly caused by disc injuries and bulges. The disc presses against the nerve root causing the issue. Disc Injuries can occur because of accidents, poor posture and repetitive use injuries. Sciatica is also common when there are subluxations (misalignments) in your spine due to trauma, postural issues, or pregnancy. Some patients say they simply bent over to pick up a piece of paper and they were hit with extreme pain. The reality is that the spinal condition was probably developing for quite some time before the triggering incident occurred.

Chiropractors at Healthy Life Chiropractic are highly trained to zero in on the source of your sciatica and to work with you in determining the best approach to your treatment. After a thorough assessment of your unique issue, gentle adjustments are made that will allow your body to recover its natural alignment.

Some people respond very quickly while others take more time to recover. It really depends on the condition of your disc or the joints that the chiropractor has to correct. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it will take to achieve correction. The great news is that it typically takes less time to fix an issue like this than it took to create it. Once the position of your spine and discs are improved, patients often report not only results in the area of their chief complaint, but results in areas that they did not even realize had pinched and injured discs. Improvements to their overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica call our team at Healthy LIfe Chiropractic today.

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