Sciatica is pain that travels down the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back to the hips and buttocks then down each leg. Sciatica typically affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica is most frequently caused by a herniated disc, a bone spur on the spine, or a constriction of the spine (spinal stenosis). This results in inflammation, discomfort, and numbness in the afflicted limb.
Although sciatica pain can be excruciating, most instances heal in a matter of weeks with non-surgical therapies. Patients with severe sciatica with considerable limb weakness or bowel or bladder abnormalities may be candidates for surgery.
The intensity of the discomfort might range from a moderate ache to an intense, burning sensation or agonizing pain. It might feel like a jolt or electric shock at times. It can get worse if you cough or sneeze, and sitting for an extended period might worsen symptoms. Typically, just one side of the body is affected. Numbness, tingling, or muscular weakness in the afflicted leg or foot is also common.
When should you see a doctor?
Mild sciatica typically goes away on its own. You can consult 7DMC if self-care techniques do not relieve your symptoms or if your pain lasts more than a week, is severe, or worsens over time. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, get immediate medical attention:
You have acute pain in your low back or leg, as well as numbness or muscular weakness in your leg. The pain that follows a traumatic injury, such as a car collision, is excruciating. Or you are having difficulty regulating your bowels or bladder.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched, most commonly by a herniated disc in your spine or a bone spur on your vertebrae. Rarely, a tumor might compress the nerve, or a condition like diabetes can harm it.
- The most prevalent causes of sciatica are age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs and bone spurs.
- Excess body weight might contribute to the spinal abnormalities that cause sciatica by increasing the tension on your spine.
- A work that demands you to twist your back, lift large objects, or operate a motor vehicle for extended periods may contribute to sciatica, although there is no convincing proof of this connection.
- People who sit for days or have a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to develop sciatica than those who lead an active lifestyle.
- This disease, which alters how your body utilizes blood sugar, raises your chances of nerve injury.
How can 7DMC Help?
Our clinic is fortunate about its state-of-the-art chiropractic healthcare facilities. Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our rigorous attention to detail, and the speed with which their sessions are conducted offer them health care, unlike anything they've ever experienced.
We recommend regular exercise to patients suffering from sciatica, and paying attention to the core muscles, that can aid in the maintenance of a strong back. These are the middle and lower back muscles required for proper posture and alignment.
We also advise you to sit in good posture. Choose a seat with a swivel base, armrests, and adequate lower back support. Consider putting a cushion or a wrapped towel on the floor.
Clinical evidence firmly supports therapeutic intervention programmes, which involve a thorough physical examination and assessment, exercises, as well as spine and extremities manipulation and mobilisation.