Everything you Need to Know about Sciatica
If you suffer from back pain, there’s a chance it may be one of the symptoms of a more serious condition called sciatica. So, what is sciatica? In this article, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic will tell you everything you need to know about sciatica, including what sciatic pain is, what it feels like, and how to treat it.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs from your lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of the leg. When something obstructs or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, this causes pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and more: a condition known as sciatica.
The causes of sciatica typically range from normal wear and tear to herniated disks, spinal stenosis, and in some severe cases: tumors. Anything that can cause pressure to be put on the sciatic nerve can be a culprit of sciatica, making it difficult to diagnose the exact cause.
What Sciatic Pain Feels Like
Sciatica can cause symptoms very similar to more common back pains. However, there’s usually one dead giveaway that might suggest you are experiencing sciatica. Sciatic pain typically extends down through the leg, rather than stopping at the hip. Because the sciatic nerve runs all the way down your leg, sciatic pain has often been described as a “shooting pain” down the leg.
Other symptoms of sciatic pain include:
- “numbness” in your legs
- tingling sensations (such as when your leg falls asleep.)
- severe lower back pain
- pain radiating through the buttocks/thigh
- leg cramps
How to Treat Sciatic Pain
A few home remedies exist that can greatly reduce the pain brought on by sciatica. One treatment method might include hot and cold therapy. Lay down with an ice pack on the affected area for twenty minutes, then switch to a heating pad.
Another way to keep your sciatic pain to a minimum is staying active. Contrary to popular belief, moderate exercise and stretching can do wonders for sciatic pain. A chiropractor can help you find the perfect stretches that will most effectively alleviate pain for your particular situation.
Effective Back Pain Solutions at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic
While the above options may offer short-term, temporary relief from sciatic pain, the only way to completely eliminate the problem, long-term, is to schedule an appointment with the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages community.
The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic is the premier chiropractic solution for patients in the Lake County, Fruitland Park, Silver Springs area and surrounding areas and has helped patients get relief from sciatic pain without surgery and without harmful medications with the DRS Protocol.
Hear what one of our patients had to say about his sciatica treatment at Davis Clinic of Chiropractic.
With over 100 years of experience, Dr. Jason Davis, his team of doctors, and his staff can work with you to find a solution that works best for you. Give us a call today at (352) 430 – 2121 to schedule a consultation.