Sciatica is very common—affecting over 3 million people in the U.S. per year. While it is sometimes referred to as a “disorder,” sciatica is not a disorder at all. Instead, it is a symptom of a disorder. Sciatica refers to sciatic nerve pain that begins in the spine, branches through the hips, and continues down the back of the legs.
Sciatic nerve pain usually only affects one side of the body. The cause of this radiating pain can include having a herniated disk, bone spur, or narrowing of the spine compresses the nerve. This compression, or pinching, of the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes numbness or weakness.
Though sciatica can vary in frequency and severity, pain can be described as any of the following:
Sharp or shooting
Pins and needles
Risk factors for sciatic nerve pain include:
Age-related changes in the spine
Pregnancy or childbirth
Anti-inflammatory medications, heating pads, ice packs, and gentle exercise might help reduce the pain. Chiropractic care can also be effective because a doctor of chiropractic can align the spine to take pressure off the nerve. Trigger-point massage can also be helpful as it increases blood flow and range of motion in the hips and back.
For more information about sciatica, chiropractic care, and massage therapy for treatment of sciatica, please visit Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy at www.praglechiro.com or call 850-508-5951.
Posted by Natalie Burdick