What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine into your buttock and down the back of your leg. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. Poor posture and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, usually by a herniated disk in your spine or by an overgrowth of bone (bone spur) on your vertebrae.
It’s not always possible to prevent sciatica, and the condition may recur. The following can play a key role in protecting your back:
- Exercise regularly. To keep your back strong, pay special attention to your core muscles — the muscles in your abdomen and lower back that are essential for proper posture and alignment. Ask your doctor to recommend specific activities.
- Maintain proper posture when you sit. Choose a seat with good lower back support, armrests, and a swivel base. Consider placing a pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back to maintain its normal curve. Keep your knees and hips level.
- Use good body mechanics. If you stand for long periods, rest one foot on a stool or small box from time to time. When you lift something heavy, let your lower extremities do the work. Move straight up and down. Keep your back straight and bend only at the knees. Hold the load close to your body. Avoid lifting and twisting simultaneously. Find a lifting partner if the object is heavy or awkward.
- Schedule routine chiropractic visits to help maintain a healthy spine.
We treat sciatica pain
Sciatica often responds to Safe, Natural Chiropractic Care! Chiropractic adjustments can be very helpful in improving spinal biomechanics and reducing nerve pressure to the sciatic nerve root.
Take the first step
Call Kirkman Chiropractic today at (407-291-1000) and schedule a consult. Let us help you take the natural approach to relief and better health!
Chiropractor, Orlando FL
Kirkman Chiropractic is located just south of Colonial Drive on the corner of Kirkman Road and Washington Street.
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