Struggling With Sciatica?
The whole of your back is a very large area of your body. That means when you have back pain, there’s a lot of ground for it to potentially occur, as well as many causes. You can experience pain in Littleton in the middle of your back, much higher up, closer to your neck, and of course, in the lower area, even down to your legs. Different back pains in different areas can be attributed to different reasons, and if you’re experiencing lower back pain, there’s a chance it could be something called sciatica. So what is it, why does it happen and what can you do about it?
It’s A Chronic Pain
Your first indication that you might have sciatica, more formally known as sciatic neuralgia, is that this is a pain that is centered in your lower back, sometimes all the way down to your legs. If this pain is chronic, that is to say, you regularly experience it, that’s another indicator to keep in mind. Sciatica in Littleton is something that comes and goes, and may be with a person for an entire lifetime, disappearing for months or even years before making a surprise return.
Sciatica happens as a result of a problem with your sciatic nerve, which is actually one of the longest nerve pathways in the human body. It starts in your lower back, in the lumbar spine, and extends to your feet. If anything in your back bone becomes misaligned and starts making physical contact with this nerve, it can actually “pinch” the nerve, causing constant stimulation, irritation and subsequent pain that is capable of traveling from your lower back, all the way down to your feet.
All sciatic cases differ in how much they affect a person. Some people that visits Littleton Chiropractic may have only mild sciatica that affects just the lower back from time to time and often goes away when that person takes it easy and acts a little more careful. For others, however, sciatica may run the length of the leg, and be so painful that it makes even standing or walking too difficult.
In many cases, ignoring sciatica, or choosing simply to live with it can make the condition worse. Because sciatica is about a pinched nerve that is at risk from some misalignment in your back, that misalignment won’t fix itself. In fact, without some kind of professional intervention, it’s bound to get worse.
There Is Help
The pinched nerve issue that is distinct to sciatica is often just a new injury that is caused by an earlier one, usually, a misalignment in the back or a slipped, bulging or herniated disc. Back misalignments can be caused by a number of things, such as poor posture, stress, or an injury. Disc problems can have similar causes, but in all of these cases, the problem gradually builds up, and you may not notice it at first. Fortunately, even if it takes years for a sciatic problem to make itself known and be diagnosed, it doesn’t have to take that long to fix the problem.
An experienced chiropractor at Littleton Chiropractic can do two things; address the immediate problem of pain, and work with the patient towards a permanent solution that eliminates the problem. Taking away immediate discomfort is always helpful, but the real value of a chiropractor comes in the long term, personalized treatment that can restore back alignment, put discs back into position, treat bulges or tears in discs, and other issues. If you have lower back pain, see a chiropractor first and find out if you have sciatica.
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