One of the most common complaints from people who visit a chiropractorâ€™s office is sciatica. They may not what sciatica is, but once it is explained to them all of the symptoms begin to make sense. The numbness and tingling down their leg, the pain in the buttocks, and the back pain all are interlinked by one thing and that is the sciatic nerve. This is how I learned that I had sciatica and it is also how I finally found someone who could really help and treat the cause, rather than just the symptoms.
Dr. Brian Abelson explains it this way, â€œThe sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body. It goes from your lumbar region all the way down to the back of your knee and if there is any entrapment anywhere along the nerve, you will feel pain and/or numbness all along the nerve region.â€ This is why I was feeling tingling and sometimes even numbness down the side of my leg and even into my calf. My doctor showed me where the nerve was located and it matched up to the symptoms that I was having. I had finally found someone who knew what they were talking about.
The doctor explained that the nerves could be entrapped anywhere down the length of the sciatic nerve and it would cause pain all along the nerve. If the entrapment is not taken care of, it could lead to other conditions, including a weakened bladder, nerve damage, and/or deterioration of the calf muscle. This made me realize that my sciatica wasnâ€™t just a nuisance as some doctors had made it seem, it was in fact a serious condition that I needed to treat. Finally, someone was taking my pain seriously and wanted to do something about it other than mask the symptoms with medication.
He manipulated my body in different directions until he could feel where the entrapment was located. He then adjusted that area and the rest of my body. Within two or three adjustments, I could feel a difference in the way my body felt and after I had been going for a few months, I could see that chiropractic adjustments were going to take care of my sciatica once and for all. I could finally quit worrying about when the pain would start and get back to my life.
In addition to regular adjustments, I do stretching exercises, as well as strengthening exercises, to keep my body in good shape and get back pain relief. This has caused several things to happen in my life that I never dreamed would happen. These things include:
Sciatica is not something that has to hang over your head. It can be treated with more than just drugs or surgery to give you relief. A chiropractor will be able to adjust your body to enable it to work as it was designed to-without pain. There is no need for you to wait as I did to get help. Take my advice and find a chiropractor that can help to restore full function to your body â€“ without pain and without numbness.
This long nerve can cause pain in every area of the body from your lower back down to your foot. If you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling in any of these areas, it could be sciatica and it can be treated. Do not just assume that it will go away or that there is nothing that can be done. Regular chiropractic treatment may help get you back to normal life without pain and the other symptoms of sciatica. Get recommendations from friends and family and find a chiropractor in your area that you can trust. You will be so glad that you did.
About the Author
Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer who loves to research. She discovered the Internet back in 2003 and is currently writing a series of articles on back pain and the importance of developing an ergonomic work space with the assistance of a Chiropractor at www.ottochiropractic.net. Melissa lives in Austin, Texas with her two kids and husband, Dave.