Chattanooga, TN Sciatica
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the body's longest nerve. It runs from the lumbar
spine all the way down the back of the legs, passing through the buttocks,
thighs, knees, and continuing down into the feet. The sciatic nerve is
interesting because it is really several nerves bundled into one casing.
A sciatic nerve that becomes irritated can lead to intense
lower back pain as well as stinging, numbness, weakness, and other discomforts in the
buttocks and thighs. This pain and discomfort is known as sciatica.
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How Do I Get Sciatica?
In some instances, the source of sciatica cannot be determined; in fact,
this unpredictable quality is not uncommon. However, sciatica can often
be attributed to herniated discs. Discs are the cushions between vertebrae
in your spine. When a disc becomes inflamed, it will place pressure on
the sciatic nerve. Another cause of sciatic pain is inflammation of the
piriformis muscle, or the muscle that permits a sideways leg lift. If
inflamed, it can also place pressure on the sciatic nerve. However, the
cause of sciatica is sometimes seen as of secondary importance because
the pain can generally be easily treated.
What Causes Sciatic Pain?
A bulging or herniated disc in the spine often causes sciatica. Therefore
activities that cause bulging discs can also cause sciatica. An
auto accident can cause sciatica, but so can vibrations from mechanical devices (such
as being in a vehicle for a long time) or heavy lifting.
There is often a correlation between immobility or bad posture and sciatica.
If you experience either of these in your daily life, then you may be
at risk for sciatic pain. Adopting such activities as regular exercise
and quitting such pastimes as smoking will help your sciatic nerve. Exercise
builds abdominal muscles so that weak muscles do not lie on the sciatic
nerve, and not smoking will help keep your whole body healthier.
The drawback to being aware of sciatica and doing all you can to prevent
it is that sciatica is hard to predict. It can often appear without a
How Does Sciatica Go Away?
Most sciatica cases are quickly resolved through chiropractic treatment.
Once you have a chiropractic consultation, your chiropractor can prescribe
specific core muscle strengthening exercises and advice on how to limit
movements that cause pain. He can also give a series of
chiropractic adjustments that will move vertebrae back in place, releasing pressure off the sciatic nerve.
If you have the symptoms of sciatica—shooting pain down the back
of the legs, numbness and tingling in the buttocks, and so on—then
you should make an appointment at our chiropractic office. You will be in a
Complete Sciatica Consultation with a Chattanooga Chiropractor in fewer than 30 minutes, where he or
she will offer a regime to relieve the pain in your sciatic nerve.