Suffering from Sciatica?
“Sciatica” pain is often described as tingling, pain or numbness produced by an irritation or entrapment of the nerve roots (3rd lumbar to the 3rd sacral nerve roots) that make up the Sciatic Nerve. The typical referral pain of sciatica pain begins in your back or buttocks and moves down the back of your leg, radiating around the outside of your knee and lower leg into your big toe and second toe. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the leg may also occur.
Common Symptoms and Causes of Sciatica
The effects of sciatic pain penetrate every aspect of life. Everyday life becomes a chore when suffering from sciatic pain; even simple tasks such as getting out of bed, coughing sneezing or even using the bathroom can become a painful experience. Those in acute Sciatic pain understand how debilitating it can be, affecting every aspect of your personal and professional life. The emotional effects can be devastating as pain restricts our ability to truly enjoy life.
Bed rest and inactivity is often the only thing that gives relief, though temporary. What some don’t realize is walking and movements that extend the spine may relieve symptoms such as lying with your back on an exercise ball.
Sciatica rarely is the result from one event, accident or injury. Sciatica’s damage is an accumulation of a lifetime of neglect and improper care of the lumbar spine. With this in mind, it is essential for proper care and maintenance of the lumbar spine to prevent Sciatica from ever taking place. When Sciatica is first suspected, it is crucial that care begin immediately to prevent permanent damage or damage that requires dangerous invasive medical attention.
Medical intervention often involves dangerous surgery with months of rehabilitation and/or medications that are harmful to the body. The very dangerous and risky surgery often includes an invasive operation around the spinal cord in which most cases involves fusing the spine involving surgical screws and plastics left in the body to replace damaged discs. Surgery may relieve the pain initially but it often reoccurs as studies suggest. One study in 2005 found that surgical failures can be as high as 50%. With such a high failure rate, it is vital that all conservative care options be investigated before dangerous medical intervention is even considered.
Our Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
The 22 Health approach does not cover up the symptoms associated with Sciatica, but actually finds and treats damaged areas for complete healing that lasts a lifetime. Most often this includes x-rays of your spine to check for spinal subluxations and diminished nerve supply. If nerve supply is diminished at all it must be restored so the body can heal at 100%. Along with proper chiropractic adjustments, a program of rehabilitation is prescribed to maximize soft tissue healing. Other aspects include 22 Health Workshops to teach you how to fuel your body and move your body back towards health during your recovery. Since being overweight and /or obese (including pregnancy) is a common factor in Sciatica onset, 22 Health Workshops minimize the chance of an exacerbation and recurrence of Sciatica allowing you to obtain great health.