For anyone who has ever suffered from sciatic nerve pain in their back, you know how painful it truly can be and how much of an impact it can have on your daily activities. While sciatica pain can be unbearable, most people don’t even know how to describe what is wrong outside of, “My back hurts.” Understanding the structures in your lower back, and how everything fits together, is part of moving you towards a solution where you can find lower back pain relief.
Have you ever been on a plane or a road trip, and no matter how you sit, how much you get up and down, or how many ergonomic devices you use, you get tingling and pain in your back and down your legs? This tale is all too common from many of our patients that we see here at our Gahanna chiropractor and physical therapy practice.
Your sciatica is the area at the base of your spine where the spinal cord ends and divides into the nerves that run down your legs. Long ago, the human pelvis was at a different tilt, and the coccyx is even what remains of a vestigial tail. As humans evolved to upright creatures, this changed the anatomy in our pelvic region, placing more of the weight bearing onto components of the spine in the sciatic region.
Your sciatica could be in pain for many different reasons, however the most common reasons for sciatic pain include the following:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Muscle/Tendon Spasms
- Slipping Vertebra
Think about your pelvic region and spine. This area contains a lot of nerves and organs, and it bears most of your body’s weight. Anytime something is wrong with this area, pressure can easily be put on the sciatic nerve that runs through the lower spine, through the ilium, and down your legs. This leave a lot of room for things to go wrong and pressure to be put on these nerves. That’s why sciatic pain is so commonly found due to problems with the pelvis bones and the spinal column.
While there are some things that can be done with surgical techniques or modern pharmaceuticals, they may not be the right solution to resolve your sciatic pain. If your pain is being caused by misalignment or pressure from a variety of the conditions mentioned above, chiropractic care could help you to resolve your chronic pain by eliminating the actual cause without any invasive measures. Adjustments and other forms of therapy that a chiropractor can provide help the body to return to heal in the correct position, relieving pain from the sciatic nerve.
There are also things you can do to help yourself! Along with regular chiropractic adjustments, take time to exercise and stretch. The more mobility and strength that you can gain in your lower back, the less likely that you will have sciatic pain.
Let our chiropractor and physical therapist at Progressive Health and Rehab help you get moving again without all the stress of chronic sciatic pain. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.