Is Sciatica to Blame for Your Pain?
If you’re noticing radiating pain along the sciatic nerve that runs down from the lower back through the legs, you may have a herniated disk or bone spur that’s applying pressure to the sciatic nerve. The way to discern that the pain is coming from the sciatic nerve is that the location of the pain will originate in the lower spine and radiate down the back of the leg. Sciatica also tends to affect only one side of the body.
While many people rely on medication for sciatic pain, it’s important to fix the root cause which is typically in regards to your alignment, weight, injury to the spine, or a combination of the three.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatic pain results when the sciatic nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed. Common culprits can be herniated discs, misaligned spinal bones, tense or tight muscles, as well as an injury to or near the nerve. As the longest nerve in your body, it runs from the lower back through the hips, buttocks and down into each leg. As it touches so many crucial parts of your body, it’s easy to see how it can become irritated.
Sciatic pain can also be triggered by things like:
- Unsupportive shoes
- Sitting on a full back pocket—i.e., one with a phone, keys or wallet in it resulting in an uneven seated position
- How to Get Sciatica Under Control
- While sciatica can be painful to deal with, there is hope at getting it under control. As slipped or herniated discs, inflammation and misaligned spinal bones are common culprits, giving chiropractic care a try is often a first step. The goal of care with us will be to improve the way your body is functioning, restoring its ability to heal itself naturally through focused, gentle care.
Not only can Dr. Robert Meyer provide the proper adjustment for you, but we’ll also get x-rays done in-house, get you started on exercises and stretches to help you manage and overcome the discomfort.
We look forward to seeing you at our chiropractic office in Southlake, Texas right off of White Chapel and W Southlake Blvd!