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Sciatica

Woman on fancy couch with back painBurning or tingling down the leg. A shooting pain that makes standing up difficult. Constant pain on one side of the buttocks. These are some of the common symptoms of sciatica, a neurological condition that usually comes from the back or hips. If there’s an injury and it affects the sciatic plexus coming out of the spine it will be inflamed and become very irritated.

Symptoms of sciatica include back and hip pain and/or leg and foot pain in one or both legs. It is sometimes described as a bad toothache in the back, hips and legs.

The Impact From Low Back Injuries

Oftentimes an injury to the low back, such as from an auto accident, falls or bending and lifting, will also injure the intervertebral disc between the vertebrae which will cause swelling or even a prolapse which is an actual bad tear that allows the inner portion of the intervertebral disc to spill out onto the nerve roots. That causes a significant amount of pain, sometimes requiring surgery.

Common Risk Factors

Here are some risk factors for sciatica:

  • Age. Herniated discs and bone spurs are examples of age-related changes in the spine that can cause sciatica.
  • Obesity. Extra body weight increases stress on the spine and can contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
  • Prolonged sitting. People who sit for extended periods or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than those who are active. We recommend that you get up every 30 minutes or so from your workstation and walk around for a few minutes. An adjustable standing desk is also a good idea and you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout your workday.

How We Can Help

Often we can prevent surgery if we can fix the lower back problems and correct the disc issues before it becomes a surgical situation. We also can use spinal decompression and traction tables which are designed specifically for either cervical spine neck or low back injuries including rehabilitating and fixing the intervertebral discs. Our therapies are very effective for sciatica.

We also recommend that you exercise regularly to keep your back strong and maintain proper posture when you sit to help prevent sciatica.

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