Sciatic pain is the tingling, pain or numbness produced by an irritation or entrapment of the nerve roots (3rd lumbar to the 3rd sacral nerve roots) that make up the sciatic nerve. Sciatica occurs when this nerve is compressed, irritated or inflamed. The pain may begin in your back or buttocks then move down the back of your leg, radiating around the outside of your knee and lower leg into your toes.
Simple tasks such as getting out of bed, coughing sneezing or even using the bathroom become a painful experience for people living with sciatica. Rest and inactivity is often the only thing that gives relief albeit temporary.
Causes of Sciatica
The most common cause of sciatica is due to misalignment (subluxation) in the lower spine and pelvis that results in interference to the sciatic nerve. This is usually due to an accumulation of neglect and improper care of the lumbar spine.
Treatment of Sciatica
As soon as sciatica is first suspected, it is crucial to begin care immediately to prevent permanent damage or surgery. Rather than simply treating the symptoms associated with sciatica, good chiropractic care actually diagnoses and treats the underlying causes. If nerve supply is diminished at all it must be restored so the body can repair itself and function optimally. Along with chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation will maximise soft tissue healing and build strength and stability to the area to prevent future injuries.
Prevention of Sciatica
Proper care and maintenance of the lumbar spine can prevent sciatica in the first place.