Sciatica Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is sciatica?
A: Sciatica is a broad term that refers to pain involving the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, and continues down each leg. Most people who have sciatic nerve pain only experience it on one side of their bodies. Sciatic nerve pain can feel searing and hot, and it may result in tingling or numbness in the buttock and down the affected leg. Sciatic nerve pain can make it difficult or even impossible to walk and/or stand up straight.
Q: What are the most common causes of sciatica?
A: Sciatica is commonly caused by a herniated disc. Spinal discs are small, jelly-like cushions between the vertebrae. Each disc has a soft, gooey interior, surrounded by a tougher exterior. When the inner substance of a disc squishes out through a tear in the exterior, it's known as a herniated disc. This escaped inner disc material can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatica pain. Pregnancy is also a common cause of sciatica pain, as the shifting of the bones and internal organs required to prepare the body for birth can result in pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you follow a strenuous exercise program, it's possible that you may develop muscle knots that put pressure on the sciatic nerve. People who are overweight, wear high heels regularly, or sleep on a mattress that is too soft or too hard are more susceptible to sciatic nerve pain.
Q: Does sciatica go away on its own?
A: For most people, sciatica goes away within six months. This can be a long time to wait for relief from severe sciatica. For some people, sciatica comes and goes, and may never fully go away without treatment.
Q: Can a chiropractor treat sciatica?
A: Chiropractic care is one of the most safe, reliable forms of treatment for sciatica. Spinal adjustments, hot and cold therapies, and massage can all be effective treatment methods. Massage therapy can work especially well by targeting muscle knots that are putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. No two cases of sciatica are exactly alike. Your chiropractor will work with you to create a treatment plan that makes sense for your body. Many people require several visits to find full relief from sciatica.
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