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Sciatica occurs when you have mild to severe pain that affects your lower back or other parts of your body, such as your hip, leg, or flank. This type of pain makes it difficult to do everyday activities comfortably.
At Comprehensive Chiropractic and Wellness, we offer safe and effective sciatica treatment in Chicago.
Sciatica flares up when something presses on your sciatic nerves, such as a bone spur or damaged disc. This nerve runs all the way from your lower back to your foot. The pressure on your sciatic nerve causes inflammation to occur, which leads to pain, tingling, and other symptoms. You can also have sciatica from nerve damage or a tumor, although these causes are rare.
When you have sciatica, the pain you experience might affect only your lower back or another part of your body that your sciatic nerve passes through. However, it’s also possible for this pain to travel through different parts of your sciatic nerve, such as from your lower back and down your leg. You might also experience tingling and numbness in the affected parts of your body. When you make any sudden, quick movements, such as sneezing, your sciatic pain might get worse. In most cases, sciatica only occurs on one side of your body, but it’s possible to have symptoms affect both sides.
You might have an increased risk of dealing with sciatica if you’re obese or overweight since the excess weight puts more strain on your back. You might also be more at risk of sciatica if you spend long periods of time sitting down rather than on your feet or if you have a job that involves a lot of twisting or turning your back. Underlying problems, such as age-related disc problems or diabetes, can also put you at a higher risk of having sciatica.
Managing sciatic pain and lowering your risk of having it come back involves removing the cause of this pain. Chiropractic adjustments can accomplish this by realigning your spine, which helps move bone spurs and damaged discs off of your sciatic nerve. This should result in less pain and tingling. Having your spine realigned should also reduce your risk of having sciatic pain come back. This allows you to resume your normal activities and enjoy an improved quality of life.
You can lower your risk of having sciatica by making some changes to your lifestyle. This includes eating nutritious meals that provide your spinal discs with plenty of nutrients to keep them in good condition. This makes you less likely to have disc problems that lead to sciatic pain. Being physically active and sitting less can also help lower your risk of sciatica. Losing excess weight and keeping it off is another effective way to reduce your risk of dealing with sciatic pain.
If you’re experiencing pain from sciatica, please contact our sciatica chiropractor to schedule an appointment. At Comprehensive Chiropractic and Wellness, we provide chiropractic care to help ease discomfort and other signs of sciatica.