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SCIATICA/PINCHED NERVE

Sciatica or pinched nerve results in pain in legs and buttocks. Anything that causes a slight misalignment puts so  much pressure on the sciatic nerve resulting in pain. If you are dealing with something similar, or you know someone who does, you are not alone.

According to Harvard health, this health problem is so prevalent that 40% of people all around the globe get it at least once in their lifetime. The older they get, the more often they’ll experience it. The annual prevalence rate can vary from 1% to 5%, based on a statistical analysis published in the British Journal of Anesthesia. This pages covers symptoms, causes and treatment for Sciatica leg pain or pinched nerve.

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WHAT DOES SCIATICA MEAN?

The term sciatica is used to define a nerve pain that radiates across the leg as a result of a pinched, compressed, or irritated sciatic nerve. The pain can originate from the lumbar spine and travel all the way to the leg and into the backside.

In the majority of cases, the sciatica nerve pain will only affect one side of the body, stated Mayo Clinic. But, it’s not uncommon to affect both legs at the same time.

Sciatica pain is the outcome of an injured sciatic nerve or the area around it that affects the nerve, like the vertebrae, for example. Basically, anything that irritates the nerve can cause sciatica. This nerve is the longest one we have in our body, and it plays a crucial role in connecting the legs, buttocks, and feet, to the central nervous system. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to move, feel, or control our legs.

TWO TYPES OF NERVE DISTURBANCES

Our bones are static structures. We need the muscles if we are to move them properly. However, the moment these bones lose their proper flexibility, positioning, or motion, it can result in one of these nerve disturbances:

  • Compressed lesion – This is a medical term for a pinched nerve. When the bones, tissues, or muscles apply too much pressure on the nerve, the nerve can get pinched. This type of pressure obstructs the nerve’s normal function, which can result in a lack of sensation, tingling, or pain. This is a very rare problem.

Facilitative lesion – The moment the soft tissues rub on the hard tissue, the nerve root can get chafed, twisted, or abnormally stretched. This is a much more common problem people can experience.

SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA

According to the NHS, sciatic pain is easy to recognize. For those who worry if they might be dealing with sciatic pain, here is how you can recognize the symptoms.

Individuals with sciatica might feel:

  • “pins and needles” pricking through the skin
  • discomfort and pain (like a burning sensation)
  • numbness
  • weakness

For some patients, the symptoms can worsen after they’ve coughed, sneezed, or made sudden movements. Aside from the feet, legs, and buttocks pain, it’s not uncommon to experience back pain.

If you don’t get help early, the condition can get gradually worse. For some patients, it can lead to serious damage that could impact the rest of their lives. To avoid getting the pain to this stage, all patients should seek on-time treatment.

LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING SCIATICA

Leaving Sciatica untreated can result in:

  • Nerve damage. Very rarely, untreated sciatica pain can lead to serious nerve damage with potentially permanent effects. If that were to happen, the pain could get worse. In this stage, pain meds won’t be effective.
 
  • Impaired mobility and loss of feeling. The affected area may no longer remain connected to the central nervous system. This will hinder mobility and make daily tasks difficult to complete.
 
  • Lack of bladder control. In very rare, but extreme cases, the spinal cord may be damaged, which will affect bladder control.

TREATMENT FOR SCIATICA

Chiropractic treatment helps the body heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgical (invasive) methods. Depending on the type of sciatic pain and the patient’s medical history, a chiropractor can use various treatments. Some of these include:

  • Spinal manipulations/adjustments
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold therapy

Spinal manipulations are at the core of this type of treatment. With gentle pressure and little force, a chiropractor will realign the spine. The ultrasound relies on sound waves to boost blood circulation and reduce pain, inflammation, spasms, and cramping. While cold therapy is specifically tailored towards managing the pain and reducing the inflammation. 

TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF FOR SCIATICA

Self-care is typically not recommended for Sciatica. You can try following treatments while you wait for your chiropractic doctor’s appointment.

  • hot & cold treatment
  • stretches

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Do not ignore your Sciatica/Pinched Nerve, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Sciatica/Pinched Nerve.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Sciatica/Pinched Nerve

Typically, insurance covers sciatica treatment, but some therapies, like acupuncture or spinal decompression, may not be included. Check the insurance plan before you ask for treatment.

The nerve irritation will most likely solve itself in a couple of weeks. For the majority of patients, it takes 1 to 2 weeks.

If the bone spur, herniated disk, or the spine has compressed the sciatic nerve in any way, it can result in sciatica.

There is no need for ‘trauma’ to get sciatica. Think of your body posture! Are you standing or sitting straight? Even when we don’t stand upright correctly, we put pressure on the sciatica nerve, which affects the herniated discs in the spine.

Yes. In almost all cases, the pain will dissipate after some time.

Anything from heavy lifting to coughing or sneezing can aggravate sciatica. The moment you put pressure on the nerve, you will experience flare-ups.

It’s possible for a chiropractor to treat sciatica. This is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t use any drugs but can soothe the inflammation and reduce the pain.

The main goal of chiropractic care is to boost the natural healing process of the body and allow for more blood to flow to the muscles. With increased circulation, stiffness, swelling, pain, and discomfort can go away.

Both. Cold reduces the inflammation, while heat boosts the blood flow. They are both an effective self-care treatment to try at home.

Most certainly. That is called bilateral sciatica. It rarely happens, but it can appear.

To some extent, yes. But, doesn’t treat it. It only makes sitting more comfortable.

Any changes in the spine that appear with old age can trigger sciatica. This includes bone spurs, disks, etc. But, putting too much pressure and stress on the spine can also trigger it.

The feeling of constant shooting pain, burning sensation, tingling, numbness, etc.

You can try at-home treatments and pain meds, or you can ask your doctor for evaluation. They will determine the next step in relieving the problem.