Sciatica occurs due to irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerve located in the lower back region. This peripheral nerve is the largest in the body – about the size of the small finger. It goes from the lower spinal cord through the hips and branches off into each leg. It has the job of relaying signals to the brain about the feeling and movement of the legs. If it becomes irritated, the following symptoms can ensue:
- Persistent pain in the buttocks
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle weakness in the lower extremities
- A feeling similar to electric shock down the back of one leg
- One-sided pain
When to Seek Additional Help for Sciatica
The pain from sciatica can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may clear up after only a couple of weeks with no additional intervention needed. However, if one is feeling numbness or weakness in the leg muscles and it is steadily getting worse, it is time look for help from a professional. This is especially true if sciatica is beginning to affect one’s bowel or bladder function.
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Help for Sciatica Symptoms in St. Charles, Illinois
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen much success in assisting sciatica patients. This is done through focusing on two specific bones in the upper neck. If these are out of alignment, the spine must shift to compensate for the weight of the head being unevenly distributed. This can lead to twisting and moving that may irritate the sciatic nerve or even cause it to become compressed.
It is a mistaken view that the lower back must get all the attention if that is where the pain occurs. The entire spine is intricately woven together and works as one. In fact, it only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter in the bones of the neck to affect the entire body. By correcting the issues found in the neck, chronic sciatica often gets much better and may even go away entirely.
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