Sciatic pain is described as a searing or sharp pain that is felt going down one of the legs and originating in the lower back. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest in the body. It has five nerves roots that have the potential to become irritated or even compressed when there is a problem with the spine. While medication has been proven to alleviate the pain temporarily, the pain can return at any time unless the underlying cause is addressed. What are some reasons that sciatic pain happens?
- Pregnancy: The unborn baby may be pressing some of his weight on the sciatic nerve as he grows.
- Bulging disc: An enlarged disc is another reason the sciatic nerve becomes irritated.
- Lumbar spinal stenosis: A small canal protects the spinal cord as it extends down the vertebrae. If this space becomes narrowed because of injury or age, pressure may be placed on the sciatic nerve.
- Spinal disc herniation: The sponge-like discs of the spine that protect the vertebrae from rubbing together can become swollen or irritated leading to pain.
- Piriformis syndrome: The piriformis muscle of the hip can press on the sciatic nerve due to a neuromuscular disorder.
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Alleviating Sciatica Naturally in St. Charles, IL
Some of the abovementioned conditions and other causes can be helped by proper spinal alignment. Here at 1st Place Chiropractic, we keep a close eye on the top bones of the neck – the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) – as a misalignment here can cause major problems for the entire back. We have had extensive training to equip us to find and then correct these problems of the neck.
The bones of the neck are responsible for keeping the head – weighing in at about 10 to 14 pounds – in the proper position. They can easily become misaligned if the head or neck endures any kind of trauma such as whiplash or even a trip and fall. By realigning these bones, the entire spine lines back up in proper position, potentially leading to healing of the pain of sciatica.
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