Sciatica (Lower Back Pain)
Sciatica pain can be debilitating, coming in sharp spikes that feel like lightning strikes, or it may begin as a persistent, dull ache that sometimes morphs into radiating pain along the entire length of the leg. Tingling and numbness can “travel,” but pain typically only affects one leg at a time. Sitting and standing generally are painful, and movement is sometimes affected. Identifying the background cause can be problematic unless a specific trigger is identified.
NECK AND BACK FACT: The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the entire body; when compressed or pinched, the resulting pain constitutes a symptom of something much more severe rather than a disease.
Even with no specific treatment, your sciatic pain often dissipates off its own accord, but it may last for up to six weeks. Cold packs and application of heat can bring you some relief, and gentle stretching exercises can be helpful. Chiropractic care, combined with our holistic physiotherapy and massage protocol, is an effective method of helping you deal with sciatic pain and addressing its cause at the same time.
R&R TIP: Postponing treatment or ignoring the symptoms can lead to chronic and persistent discomfort, more acute pain, deteriorating physical condition and problems that are harder to address. Don’t delay, call today!Finding and treating the underlying cause of sciatic pain is a better option, one that The Neck and Back Clinic Chiropractic physicians are equipped to help you manage. Why delay finding an antidote for the pain of sciatica? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.