The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, running down either side of the spine and down each leg to the foot. It’s also a common cause of back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms like numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs. It’s estimated that nearly five percent of men and over two and a half percent of women experience sciatica at some point in their lives. The most common cause is pressure placed on the nerve from issues within the back, often swelling or improperly aligned vertebrae. A herniated disc could also trigger the problem if it presses against the nerve.
There are few options for treatment of sciatica. Most options from a traditional physician will include cold compresses, pain medication, muscle relaxant drugs, or steroid injections. Extreme cases will involve surgery. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is often successful in treating sciatica since it usually focuses on adjusting the parts of the spine that may be placing the pressure on the nerve and causing the pain. If you’re suffering from it then you may want to consider visiting a chiropractor to see what kind of relief they can provide you. The results may very well surprise you.
Dr. David Ingram
Nova Health & Wellness