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Sciatica

Overview

sciatic back painThe sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It runs from the lower back into the legs, and can even cause tingling effects in the feet. The feelings associated with the sciatic nerves are as follows:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • "Pins and Needles" Feeling

Because of its length and size being so significant, typically, the feelings associated with the nerve are significant as well. Sciatica is the actual reference to that tingling sensation, pain, or numbness associated with the sciatic nerve. This is caused by irritation or damage done to a nerve root associated with the sciatic nerve.

How will I know?

If you're having problems with normal daily activities, such as getting out of bed or off the couch, walking, bending over, or lifting lightweight objects, it could be the result of damage to the sciatic nerve. If you feel sharp pain or numbness in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, or the hamstring area, it is most likely sciatica, as the sciatic nerve runs throughout this entire area. Keep in mind that sciatica is only a symptom of a larger issue, and is not, itself, considered a medical condition.

Learn more about the symptoms of Sciatica.

What's causing it?

There are multiple different issues that can cause sciatica:

  • Slipped disc
  • Bulging/Herniated Disc
  • Injury (such as falling off a ladder, sports-related, or trauma to the lower back)
  • Pelvic Fracture

The result of each of these can easily be damage to the sciatic nerve, and you need to be checked as soon as possible. Our doctors and chiropractic experts are professionally trained to perform complete physicals to determine what is causing the pain, properly and effectively treat it, and get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the causes of Sciatica.

What do I do?

If the pain is severe, surgical treatment may be the best option, and our staff is fully capable to determine the right outcome for your position.
There are several different types of treatment:

  • Alternative Treatments
  • Chiropractics
  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery

With both of these, there are multiple treatments available, from over-the-counter medicine to laser spine surgery. Invasive surgery is not always necessary, and it's recommended that you ask our doctors what the best solution is to your back problems. Sometimes, you can undergo something as little as a brief rehab or simple rest. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Asking our doctors questions is the best way for you to become fully knowledgeable of your situation so you can understand how we can help and get you on the road to recovery.

Learn more about diagnosing Sciatica and Sciatica treatment options.

Why Choose Become Pain Free?

From chiropractors to pain management specialists to expert spine surgeons, Become Pain Free can help get rid of your pain so you can get your life back on track. To learn more about how we can help, fill out the form on the right or call 888-373-3720. We'll connect you with the right specialist so you can stop living in pain.Call Become Pain Free... your pain solution.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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