Sciatica can cause excruciating pain up the spine and along the legs due to pressure on the largest nerve in the body. The pain radiates from where the nerve resides in the lower back and through each leg. Five nerve roots connect this nerve to the spine, and if any of them are irritated or compressed, it results in sciatica. A few ways of describing the immense pain of sciatica are sharp or stabbing pain down the leg, in the lower back and sometimes as far reaching as the toes.
The most painful positions to be in with sciatica are sitting or standing. The pain can be constant, however, no matter the position of the person. Here are a few related symptoms that come with sciatica:
- Weakness in one foot or leg
- Pain in the buttock and leg affecting one side
- Pain in the back of one leg
- Pain that goes from the lower back all the way to the foot on one side
- Pain that worsens upon standing in one place or sitting
Sometimes, the issue may be so bad that the person experiences numbing in the entire leg. It can even affect bowel control, leading to incontinence.
What to Do for Sciatica Relief
There is a surprising solution for this type of nerve pain. Sciatica could be the result of a misalignment in the upper spine, particularly the C1 and C2 vertibrae. The reason for this is that the irritation to the nerve could originate from the uppermost vertebrae of the spine because the rest of the spine compensates for any misalignments.
As an upper cervical chiropractor, I focus on the top two bones of the neck, bringing alignment using a gentle technique. Once corrected, the rest of the spine can return to its proper alignment, and the body will often heal any soft tissue damage, which can bring great relief for nerve compression. Many people who suffer from sciatica no longer experience symptoms once the body regains proper alignment.
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