It may not be a false claim if we say that the Covid Pandemic gave our lives a total 180- degree spin. Did people confine to their homes round the clock for days? Well, they did. And all of it has led to a lack of physical activity and an increase in cases of sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Back pain can prove to be detrimental to your everyday routine, capping you from getting enough sleep, restricting you from working, and ultimately driving you crazy. The ache exacerbates downright completely when it spreads from your back to your hip and then into your leg. It can become your worst nightmare. Yes, the pain in question here is sciatica.
Sciatica, a nerve inflammation, originates in the sciatic nerve that travels down each leg, beginning the low back and terminating at the heels of your feet
A searing or stabbing pain spreading from the lower back down the leg is a common hallmark of sciatica signs and symptoms. The pain occurs commonly localized at the back of the leg or buttock and typically affects one leg. The intensity and category of pain can range from a subtle aching to a crippling burning feeling. Other symptoms include:
- Muscle twitching
- Pain triggered by body movement
- Burning sensations at the back of the leg
The average age of patients:
Sciatica patients can be of any age group, although the majority of them are between 30 to 50.
Time for recovery:
The pain reduces after 4-6 weeks, but it may take some days longer in a few cases. Unhealthy lifestyles, excessive physical work, or sitting for long periods are also potential causes.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica indicates physical discomfort triggered by something pushing or rubbing the sciatic nerve. It may occur from a particular injury or arise over time without prior damage. Sciatica can originate due to various factors, including:
- Damage to the discs in the vertebra of the spine
- Muscular stiffness in the hips
- A traumatic injury, for example, a sudden fall.
- A missing stride or a forceful sneeze where the spine is unshielded for a brief period
- Repetitive abrasion
- A stiff muscle, such as the Piriformis, puts pressure on the nerve.
- A disc bulge in the lower lumbar spine resulting in pressure
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – an age-related condition in which the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Spondylolisthesis – an illness in which one vertebra glides forward over another, commonly due to hairline fractures
- Nerve Damage – Diabetes, whether unregulated or mismanaged, is a prevalent cause of this condition.
Whatever the source of your sciatica, there are different ways Best Chiropractor can relieve & diminish nerve irritation and pain levels, as well as other complications.
What happens if sciatica is left untreated?
Patients must lookout for any possible signs and seek treatment for the ailment. If a patient does not consult a professional for their sciatica problem, the disease may worsen with time. Aside from the ongoing discomfort in the back and hip area, the patient may have the following complications:
- Endless Harm: You face a significant risk of lasting nerve injury if you do not consult a professional for sciatica as soon as possible. When the sciatic nerve is permanently damaged, the patient has intense pain in the back and legs that cannot be relieved, even with opiate painkillers.
- Paralysis: Patients may notice numbness in the afflicted body area. In many cases, it also causes mobility difficulties subsequently, paralysis. The damaged limb soon loses all feeling and mobility, thus complicating the already agonizing suffering of the individual.
- Bladder Control Failure: Patients may lack control of bladder and bowel, which contributes to the challenges they are struggling with already.
Why should you seek Gonstead chiropractic treatment for sciatica?
Gonstead Chiropractic therapy for sciatica is non-invasive and efficient. It takes a comprehensive approach to treat sciatica pain by addressing the underlying source of the complaints. According to research, assertive spinal manipulation in the Gonstead chiropractic care of sciatica leads to better outcomes and long-term advantages.
San Diego Chiropractic care does not refer to a single procedure but rather to the entire care package. Chiropractic therapy reduces sciatica and avoids additional damage by integrating spinal manipulation, stretches, exercise, and patient engagement.
The following are effective therapies:
- Gonstead Chiropractic adjustments assist in re-aligning the spine.
- Massage therapy helps relieve muscular inflammation and relax pressure points.
- Stretches to improve your strength & flexibility and speed up your recovery.
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
7822 Convoy Ct,
San Diego, CA 92111