Sciatica is a painful condition involving the longest nerve in the body – the sciatic nerve. This nerve actually consists of a group of nerves bound in one nerve sheath that runs from the lower back to the foot via the buttock, thigh and knee. Sciatica commonly causes lower back pain as well as pain in the buttock, thigh, leg or foot. Sufferers may also experience numbness or weakness in the legs.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica sometimes occurs as the result of herniated discs pressing on the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle in the buttocks may also be to blame. Anything that places pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause pain and discomfort.
Repetitive lifting and on-going exposure to mechanical vibrations are among the most common causes of sciatica. People who spend long hours driving may also experience sciatica.
Unlike some conditions, sciatica is not directly linked to inactivity or poor posture. However, strong muscles in the abdomen and back can help prevent it. Though there are a few common causes and some potential ways to reduce your risk, sciatica can sometimes strike without warning, even in people with no risk factors.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
In many instances, sciatica responds well to simple things like exercise and modification of daily activities. Chiropractic adjustments and spinal rehabilitation also prove helpful in numerous cases.
In the majority of cases, can ease the symptoms of sciatica and more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, can be avoided.
Longmont Sciatica Treatment
If you are suffering from sciatica, let our Longmont chiropractors help. We have been providing local residents with outstanding chiropractic services since 2010, and we would be more than happy to help you. Rather than simply treating your symptoms, we strive to correct the underlying issue to provide long-term relief.
For Longmont sciatica treatment, call Left Hand Chiropractic Center today. You can reach us at 303-651-7003.