Sciatica

 Sciatica Treatment From Our Chiropractor

This common back pain happens when something presses the sciatic nerve. Anyone in Fort Walton who has experienced sciatica describes it to feel like a shooting pain. Numbness or tingling in the hips and legs are other symptoms. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, and it runs from the lower back down the thighs. People with sciatic nerve pain may have trouble sitting for long periods of time. This makes desk jobs, driving, and lifting tasks to be very uncomfortable. 

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What Causes Sciatica?

Anything that presses onto the sciatic nerve can cause sciatica. The most common causes are a herniated disk, bone spur, and narrowing of the spine. This type of nerve pain can be acute or chronic and may last anywhere from 4 weeks to years. If your back pain lasts more than 8 weeks, it is likely chronic. Walking, exercise and over-the-counter medications can help. But sometimes more extensive solutions may be necessary, especially for chronic pain. 

How to Prevent Sciatica Pain

Much of sciatic nerve pain prevention comes from proper lifting techniques. When you do lift a large or heavy object, crouch first and pull it close to your chest. Lift with your legs, not your back, to prevent strain and potential back injury. This causes the item to be at your center point of gravity. Lift items in front of you, and do not twist your waist to get them. Twisting your waist creates a weak point in your lower back, no matter how heavy the object may be. Follow these tips, and your back will thank you!

Treatments for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Relief for sciatic pain can come in the form of an ice pack, a heating pad, or topical creams. Conventional ways to treat longer-term pain, however, can be difficult. Establishing a regular walking routine can help, and so can specific sciatic exercises. These special exercises stretch your spine and help to take some pressure off the nerves, so it doesn't hurt as much. With them, you may be able to relieve sciatic flareups on your own. 

Many people with chronic sciatica choose surgery as a solution. This invasive treatment may not be the best option in the long run. It is possible for sciatica to be resolved without surgery. Regular chiropractic treatments can loosen up the spine, reduce inflammation, and help speed healing in your lower back. It's not a 'microwave' speed therapy, but the long term benefits of routine chiropractic care are tremendous for the lower back! It's not unusual for chiropractic patients to report permanent relief from sciatic pain and avoid surgery altogether.

For more information about sciatica treatment, contact our knowledgeable staff in Fort Walton today!

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