May Newsletter 2020
Sciatica is an inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve
is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and runs through
your hips, buttocks, and down each leg where it then branches into smaller nerves
that go to your calves and feet. When someone experiences sciatica, the goal of
chiropractic care is to determine the cause of the irritation and pressure on the
nerve and then to correct it.
The most common symptoms that people experience are shooting sharp pains down the back of their leg. Lower back pain is often, but not always associated with sciatica. Sciatica can often feel like numbness, tingling or muscle weakness of the affected leg. Many times the pain will change or move from day to day. One day it may be in your thigh, and the next in your calf. The pain associated with sciatica often gets worse gradually, and may be sharper or more intense when doing basic things such as coughing, sitting, or sneezing.
There are many things you can do everyday to keep your body in top shape so it can take better care of itself. You can do things such as, exercise often, stretch daily, sit up straight, and see your chiropractor for regular adjustments.