You may wonder what exactly sciatica is and whether or not you suffer from it. The sciatic nerve runs from the buttock area down the back of the legs. You generally only feel the pain on the side that is being pinched. Basically, sciatica happens when pressure is put on the sciatic nerve. This pressure can cause extreme pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting, standing, or squatting. You may also experience a pins-and-needles-like sensation or tingling in the leg. You may have numbness, loss of strength, or difficulty of movement in the leg or foot of the affected limb.
So, you may ask, what causes that pressure resulting in pain? Well, here are a few things that may be the reason for the pressure.
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Many naturally turn to pain medicine. Such things as NSAIDs, steroids, and muscle relaxers may help to alleviate some swelling and pain for a short time. But they do have adverse side-effects and are not really addressing the root of the problem. Some even resort to surgery. Are there any other options?
Even though you are feeling the pain in your lower back, it is possible that the problem is not originating from that area. The problem is more than likely in the upper cervical spine, which are the top two vertebrae in the neck. If these bones are misaligned by even a ¼ of a millimeter they can cause a lot of problems in the back and other areas of the body.
Seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, such as the doctors at Brooks Spinal Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma, can be the beginning of relief for your sciatic pain. These doctors are specifically trained to detect and then correct this type of misalignment. Why not make an appointment today, and start on the road to recovery?