Sciatica can be debilitating. It can cause shooting pains which radiate out from your legs, buttocks, and lower back. In addition, sciatica can cause numbness, and a tingling sensation. Sciatica can also limit mobility, which may cause other problems related to posture and spinal alignment. In short, sciatica is a painful problem that should be treated right away. If you think you may have sciatica, and you have questions about your condition, we have the answers. Let’s address some of the most common questions that arise concerning sciatica.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition wherein the affected individual can pinch or damage the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the base of the spine to the legs. Since it runs through the buttocks and hip, it can cause pain throughout these areas.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched. A pinch can occur when lumbar discs bulge or herniate. If a disc moves in the lower back, it’s liable to compact the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can also be caused a variety of other issues, including all of the following:
- Piriformis Syndrome (a syndrome that affects the piriformis muscle)
- The narrowing of the spinal canal (which holds nerves)
- Other issues relating to the nervous system
- Spondylolisthesis (when a spinal disc slides over another disc)
How Can You Treat Sciatica?
Sciatica can be treated through a variety of techniques, including non-invasive techniques. Acupuncture and chiropractic may relieve symptoms of sciatica. In addition, stretching, yoga, and physiotherapy may also reverse the symptoms of sciatica. In some cases, pain medication or other drugs may be recommended. Seek advice from a doctor to find the best form or forms of treatment for your unique circumstances.
How Can You Prevent Sciatica?
If you have overcome sciatica, or if you simply wish to reduce your chances of getting sciatica in the future, you can take some precautions. First of all, be sure to maintain great posture throughout your day-to-day. If you sit often, stand up and move around to keep your lower back muscles in line. Also, be sure to stretch often. Stretch your lower back for a few minutes a few times per day to keep muscles strong and discs in balance. Yoga, tai chi, and other stretching exercises are excellent for sciatica prevention. You can also exercise to work your core, which can remove some of the stress and pressure placed on your spinal column. Regular massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments can further improve your spinal alignment and the strength of the muscles surrounding your spinal column.
Count on Back and Body Centre
Here at Back and Body Centre we strive to improve your whole body health without the use of invasive surgery or prescription medication. We empower your body to heal itself the right way. We offer a litany of services, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, physiotherapy, and more. If you suffer from sciatica, we can help. View all of our wellness centre services, and contact us today to schedule an appointment! We’re proud to be Surrey’s Top Rated Local® wellness centre.