Unfortunately, pain is part of life for everyone. Sciatic pain makes life very uncomfortable. A person may deal with it on a daily basis. However, it is possible something can be done about it. So, where can a person begin to find relief?
Many think their first step should be to visit their family physician. Some are reluctant to do this because they basically know what will happen. They will be given medication to dull the pain, exercises to do, and lifestyle changes to make. This is not the answer everyone is looking for. This may alleviate some pain, but it is not addressing the root cause of sciatica. Are there any other options? Before we discuss that, let's take a deeper look into what sciatica is, so that we can understand how to treat it.
Symptoms associated with sciatic pain are the following:
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What is sciatica? The sciatic nerve extends from your lower back through the buttocks and down the back of the leg. It consists of five nerve roots that are connected to the spine. When one of these nerve roots becomes irritated or compressed pain is the result. Some things that can cause this to happen are pregnancy, spinal disc herniation, car accidents, tumors, spinal stenosis, or piriformis syndrome.
One area of treatment that has seen much success in dealing with sciatic pain is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Even though the pain is being felt in the lower extremities, the problem may lie in the upper part of the neck. A misalignment here of only ¼ of a millimeter can be putting undue pressure on the brainstem causing the body not to communicate properly with the brain. By getting a proper adjustment to this area, many have reported relief of symptoms.
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