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Sciatica Pain Relief

Sciatica is pain that affects the back, hip, and back side of the leg, caused by compression, inflammation, and/or irritation of the sciatic nerve or reflex mechanisms. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from the nerve roots in the lumbosacral area of the spinal cord and travels down the back of the leg to the heel. It gives nerve supply or messages from the brain to the majority of the lower extremities including your leg and foot.

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Typically sciatica is caused by a vertebral subluxation irritating the nerve root at the spine, though any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can produce the symptoms of sciatica. Aside from a pinched nerve from a vertebral subluxation there are other causes that can cause sciatic nerve pain which include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bones, disc bulges and/or herniation, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections and injury to name a few. The incidence of sciatica increases in middle age, rarely occurring before age 20 and peaks at age 50 then declines. There typically isn't one particular injury or event that will cause sciatica, rather it develops over time.

Treatment of Sciatica

There are few symptoms that may require immediate medical, and potentially surgical, treatment. These few symptoms include progressive neurological symptoms (leg weakness) or bladder dysfunction. Because sciatica is caused by an underlying condition, treatment is focused on relieving the primary cause of the symptoms. A very good way to treat this is through chiropractic care. Regular adjustments can help relieve compression. Along with adjustments there are other approaches a chiropractor, like Dr. Dickason, would take.

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