What is Sciatica?

Updated: Jul 23



Sciatica fundamentally refers to the uneasiness and pain that one may experience along the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from a person's lower back and goes through your hips and buttocks up to the end of each leg. More often than not, it is seen that sciatica affects only one side of the body!



Does it hurt when you stand or sit?


When the sciatic nerve in the leg gets compressed or irritated, nervous pain is triggered. This discomfort is what we refer to as sciatica. More often than not sciatica and the accompanying pain create its presence in the lower back first. Then this radiates and spreads to the buttocks. And hips. It travels downward and makes its presence felt in the legs finally. If you suffer from a hernia, then a herniated disc may also be the reason for the sciatic nerve getting compressed, which will then lead to nerve swelling, and finally, the pain will shoot across the lower body to aggravate the pain even further.


One or more of the following characteristics usually characterize sciatica:

  • Pain. The pain from sciatica will make you feel a constant burning sensation. It may also feel like a pain shooting from the lower back through the buttocks and radiating down across the thighs, knees, and legs, and finally even up to the feet as well.

  • Numbness. Sciatica is sometimes accompanied by numbness in the back of the legs. There may be some tingling sensations at times. And at other times, the legs may also feel weakened.

  • One-sided symptoms. Most often, sciatica affects a single leg. And quite often, this condition can result in a feeling of heaviness in the leg that is affected. It may even cause a slight limp. Usually, both legs aren't affected at once or together. It is rare to find sciatica affecting both legs together.

  • Posture-induced symptoms. Sciatica symptoms may get aggravated and may also worsen during various positions like bending the spine forward, when sitting for long, lying down, trying to stand up, and changing your position from one stance to another. Even while coughing, at times, you may feel the spasms of sciatica. You can get relief from such sharp pains by applying a heat pack over the rear pelvic region of your body. Sometimes walking can also give you relief from sciatica pains.


Relief of Symptoms through chiropractic adjustments.


Today there are a number of chiropractic adjustments that have been designed to provide relief from pain in the nervous system. These also help improve the daily activities. Such adjustments are typically more beneficial in providing relief to back pains and aches. They also provide relief from sciatica pains.


Another great boon of these adjustments is that they relieve chronic pain caused by herniated discs. Additionally, they help in managing pain caused by spinal abnormalities as well.


Home Remedies To Help Relieve Sciatica.

  • Exercising is a great way to get aid from sciatica pain.

  • While we are talking about exercising, something that works great is performing Stretches.

  • Make use of the Ice and Heat Pack.

  • Try to bring the necessary changes to correct your posture.

  • Resort to using over-the-counter non-steroidal medications to help relieve extreme pain, inflammation, and discomfort from sciatica.

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