Many people suffer from a condition called sciatica. In fact, it is estimated that over 13 million people per year suffer from it. What is this widespread condition?
Sciatica is actually a descriptive word for pressure or pain on the sciatic nerve, one of the largest nerves in the body. This nerve starts in the lower back at the spinal cord, and travels out of the spine and down each one of the legs. Whenever there is something that is pressing against this nerve, there can be pain traveling in the back and down the leg, as well as other uncomfortable symptoms.
There are several causes of pressure on the sciatic nerve. Some of which include a herniated disc in the spine, a muscle strain, inflammation of surrounding soft tissue, or irritation of certain joints. These are just a few of the causes; it would take a thorough examination to be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the irritation to the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica can be caused by something as simple as bending over and picking up a piece of paper or overexerting yourself at work. It can happen at any time, and usually, can happen when someone least expects to suffer this type of injury. There are several different treatment options available for someone suffering from this, and there are different specialists that can help depending on the location and cause of the pressure on the nerve.
Chiropractic care is one of several great treatment options for some types of sciatica. In many cases, if there is a joint or a muscle involved in putting pressure on the nerve, then conservative chiropractic care can be a very effective way to help to restore the sciatic nerve integrity by caring for the surrounding joints and muscles. This can return the sufferer to a pain-free lifestyle once again.
If you feel like you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, or maybe know someone who might be, it would be very beneficial to seek medical care for this condition. The majority of sciatica patients need some type of care to help as well as prevent the condition from possibly worsening. With proper care and advice, a sciatic patient can not only get out of pain, but they can become more knowledgeable on how they can prevent this condition from returning again in the future.
Dr. Daniel Roth is a board-certified chiropractor in Williamsburg, Virginia, and owner of the Williamsburg Neck and Back Center. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2008 after completing his undergraduate studies at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Williamsburg Neck and Back Center is geared towards making everyone feel comfortable in a professional environment, surrounded by a caring physician and friendly faces.