Discuss Sciatica with The Wellness Center PDX in Portland
Your sciatic nerve branches out from your lower back. It goes through your hips, your buttocks, and down through each leg. It is also the nerve that is affected if you develop sciatica. At The Wellness Center PDX in Portland, OR, we have all-natural methods to treat your sciatica pain.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when the nerve becomes compressed. There are a few ways that this can occur such as a bone spur on the spine or a herniated disc. It can also be caused by a narrowing of the spine which is called spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common symptom of sciatica is a pain that radiates from your lower spine, down through your buttocks, and down the back of your leg. It is possible to feel discomfort anywhere along the nerve pathway. However, the back, buttock, leg path is the most common.
For some people, the pain is a mild ache. For others, it can be a sharp, burning pain that can be excruciating. There are some people who say that the pain feels like a jolt or an electric shock. In most cases, the pain that you feel as a result of sciatica affects only one leg.
In very severe cases, you could experience significant weakness in the legs, bowel changes, or bladder changes.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched. There are factors that can cause sciatica or put you at greater risk of developing it. Age is a common cause because as you get older, changes occur in your spine. These changes can put pressure on your spine, which can cause sciatica. Obesity is another cause. When you are carrying excess weight, you are putting excess pressure on your spine. This can cause changes that trigger sciatica. Pregnancy weight is also a common cause. Your job can also cause sciatica. If your job requires that you carry heavy loads or if you twist your back often, you are at risk. The same is true if you sit down most of the day or if you spend your days driving. Finally, if you have diabetes, you are at risk. Diabetes affects the way that your body uses blood sugar. This can increase your risk of developing nerve damage.
If you are suffering from sciatica, a chiropractor might be able to help. A spinal adjustment can reduce the nerve pain. The manipulation would free the movement restricted in the spine. This can reduce the pain, inflammation, the nerve irritability, and the spasm.
If your sciatica is severe and to the point where it is affecting your ability to use the bathroom or if the pain is beyond anything that you can handle, surgery might be necessary.
Contact The Wellness Center PDX in Portland Today!
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sciatica, make an appointment with The Wellness Center PDX in Portland, OR. An adjustment can help reduce the sciatic nerve pain, inflammation, and it can help you live a pain-free life. Call us today at (503) 389-5545.