SCIATICA AND NERVE PAIN
Miami Chiropractor | On-The-Go-Wellness
‘Sciatica will affect as many as 40% of people over their lifetime’
You’re here because you’re curious about Sciatica, think it might be affecting you, or a family member/friend.
If that sounds like you, then you’ve landed on the right page.
Sciatica affects many people and is often lumped in with many unrelated conditions. In fact, most people who experience Sciatica are mystified and usually have no idea what is happening. The good news is, chiropractic care is one of the effective treatments for sciatic pain relief.
If you’re experiencing Sciatica pain, you may feel:
– Pain in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or calves.
– Muscle soreness, numbness and tingling in the lower extremities.
– Burning or jolting pain/sensations
– Symptoms arising after an auto accident.
If you relate to any of the above symptoms, keep reading. The below sections will explain some causes of Sciatica and how you can treat it.
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Your body is made of many systems, the most important being the nervous system The nervous system is responsible for coordinating all movement and function of the body.
The nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by 33 vertebrae. Each of these vertebrae has a jelly-like disc in between, which helps facilitate movement and provide shock absorption for the spine.
Exiting from the spinal cord, are hundreds of thousands of nerves, including the sciatic nerve, which is one of the most important nerves in the lower body.
The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and then runs through the buttocks and down back of your leg. It’s responsible for sensation and movement in the legs.
When the Sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause lower back pain, numbness and/or pain in the entire leg or buttocks.
This happens for many reasons, but typically Sciatica is caused by:
– A herniated disc. This is when one of the spinal discs is displaced from its normal area, putting pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
– A vertebral misalignment. This is when one of the spinal vertebrae moves out of its correct position, pressing on the nerve.
A slipped vertebrae or herniated disc can be caused by:
–A traumatic event, such as a sports injury or auto-accident
– Lifting heavy objects repetitively with bad posture. This is common with manual labor workers, or individuals who exercise regularly at the gym.
–Microtraumas such as sitting at a computer daily for many hours for months or years. The sitting position applies the most pressure to the Sciatic nerve.
– Aging. As the spine ages, the discs naturally become weaker, applying more pressure on the exiting nerves.
– Being overweight. Additional weight adds more stress and strain to our spine, joints and nerves.
– Chronic conditions like Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease and Spinal Stenosis.
It’s important to realize that Sciatica is only one specific example of nerve pinching in general. Nerve pinching can happen to many other nerves, such as the median nerve – which results in the well-known carpal tunnel syndrome.
In any case of nerve pinching, you may feel symptoms similar to Sciatica but localized in the area of the affected nerve.
Additionally, some patients can experience Sciatic nerve pain with other conditions simultaneously, such as Fibromyalgia, making pain much more severe
There was a research article that was published last year about chiropractic care decreasing the need for opioids. Ever since I read this article this statistic stuck with me; people who saw a chiropractor were 64% less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t according to the journal Pain Medicine. 64%. Those are winning odds.
Why does it matter?
Have you ever had a goal so lofty you ended up doing nothing? Or a goal so small you put it off for what seemed like an unsensible amount of time? What’s the point of unnecessary deadlines? Why do people track their weight loss? All these questions relate back to one of my favorite concepts; SMART goals.
Like a good recipe a good goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. The best part about the SMART goals concept is that it’s applicable to just about any area of your life that you’d like to make changes in. It’s a framework, and frameworks are meant to be built on. For our purposes, let’s talk about how SMART goals can be utilized to improve your health.
Damned if you do…damned if you don’t. That’s life for you cupcake! Just kidding, kind of. Sometimes it feels that way though doesn’t it? For instance, strength/resistance training; it’s amazing for you, it’s arguably necessary, but what is up with all these sports injuries?? If it’s good for you, why do people get hurt so often?
It happens. All we can do is try our hardest to avoid these injuries and reap only the benefits of a challenging exercise regimen. Here’s a positive twist on sports injuries though: they’re preventable for the most part. Unlike a car accident or a bad fall, you can PLAN to avoid most sports injuries (not all, that’s just life, sorry) and in most cases, precautionary measures for those of us that aren’t competitive powerlifters or Olympians should be enough to keep us healthy and injury free.
So here are some of the most common strength training injuries and what you can do to prevent them:
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Sciatica and Pinched Nerve Treatments
As you have seen above, Sciatica and other pinched nerve conditions can occur for many reasons. If you think you have Sciatica or a pinched nerve, or are experiencing some of the above symptoms, you should consult a medical professional.
Consult your local medical or chiropractic physician – and they’ll assess your individual condition and advise the best course of treatment for you for your Sciatic pain.
How Can On-The-Go Wellness® Help?
Although chiropractors cannot help solve all cases of Sciatica or pinched nerves, they will be able to help with a significant amount of cases, as these conditions relate directly to the nervous system.
A chiropractor does not prescribe medication, perform injections or surgery in regards to Sciatica.
To be sure, it is best to see your Miami chiropractic clinic or your medical doctor and have them confirm whether or not you have Sciatica or any other pinched nerves. This may require additional imagining, such as an MRI.
Give us a call at 305-721-2718 , and we’ll be glad to help figure out if you may be dealing with Sciatica or pinched nerves, and if chiropractic care is the right course of treatment for you. If not, we will refer you to a relevant medical professional here in Miami. As a 5-Star Google rated chiropractor in Miami our ultimate goal is to be the best chiropractor in Miami to serve all facets of your Wellness needs!
Here are some science-backed, and natural (with practically no side-effects) chiropractic treatments that we regularly use to provide patients with relief from the pain related to pinched nerves and Sciatica. We can also provide relief for lower back pain, leg pain, neck pain, and headaches.