Pain caused by sciatica can be disabling for some. It radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. This nerve runs from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and branches off down the back of each leg. If one says he has sciatica, he is referring to inflammation or pinching of the sciatic nerve which is responsible for sending messages to the brain about feeling and movement in the legs. What are the symptoms?
- Pain (aching or burning)
- Weakness in the muscles of the affected leg
What makes sciatica worse?
- Sitting for extended periods
What causes sciatica?
- Herniated discs
- Improper posture
- Tumors on the roots of the sciatic nerve or spinal cord
- Bulging discs
- Bone spurs
- Piriformis syndrome
- Lumbar spinal canal stenosis
- Injury or trauma to the spine or neck
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Injury Related Sciatica and Where to Find Help
When one has endured a trauma, the tissues and muscles compensate by shifting. This causes pressure in certain areas of the body and can include the sciatic nerve, thus leading to inflammation and irritation.
Upper cervical chiropractors, such as those here at 1st Place Chiropractic, can help with sciatica. It is often the upper cervical spine that takes the brunt of the issues when one suffers an accident. The top two bones of the neck – the atlas and axis – are especially susceptible to misalignment because of their location and mobility. This can lead to a variety of health problems throughout the body even if the misalignment is as small as ¼ of a millimeter.
The brainstem is located in the same area as these top spinal bones. Their misalignment may put the brainstem under stress, causing communication between the brain and body to become distorted. The sciatic nerve can be affected due to a change in posture. This can bring about sciatica.
Using a method that is gentle and precise, we are able to help our sciatica patients find some relief. Some even see their sciatica go away and not return.
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