Reading Chiropractor on Chiropractic, Back Pain & Sciatica

Reading Chiropractor, Andy Green from Reflex Chiropractic, sees lots of people presenting with combinations of back pain and leg pain that is often Sciatica.

Reading Chiropractor on causes of Sciatica

Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
  • Pain usually worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk

Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Reading Chiropractor, Andy Green says, “Specific sciatica symptoms also vary widely in type, location and severity, depending upon the condition causing the sciatica.”

Reading Chiropractor on symptoms of Sciatica

Here are a list of the most common symptoms:

  • Low back pain is not as severe as the leg pain
  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
  • Pain that originates in the low back or buttock and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve – down the back of the thigh, to the lower leg and into foot sometimes
  • Pain that feels better when lying down or walking, but worsens when standing or sitting
  • Pain typically described as sharp or searing, not dull
  • May feel “pins-and-needles” sensations, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg

Reading Chiropractor on how Chiropractic adjustment’s can help Sciatica

Reading Chiropractor on Sciatic nerve

The Sciatic Nerve

Sciatica is most commonly a result of a misaligned spine that is pinching the root of the sciatic nerve. This restriction can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve and cause severe pain. Faulty pelvic alignment can place the gluteal and piriformis muscles under stress and the sciatic nerve will be pinched as it passes through the buttocks, causing back pain and leg pain. A slipped or herniated disc is another common  cause, while less commonly noted causes would include arthritis, tumors, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and any degeneration as a result from long-term stress on the spine.

Sometimes, Reading Chiropractor, Andy Green, will find the source of the nerve blockage and use manual adjustments to correct the spinal misalignment. Adjustments remove the blockage that is pinching the sciatic nerve and causing the pain. Pain medications merely mask the symptoms and never heal the cause, and surgery should always be the last resort.  Chiropractic care works, so contact your Reading Chiropractor today if you experience any of the symptoms of sciatica.

Reading Chiropractor, Reflex Chiropractic, have also produced a fun video on how they help this presenting with Sciatica, Disc and Back Pain.

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