You’ve probably heard some individuals refer to lower back pain as sciatic pain. They may hold their lower back and tell you about how much it hurts, the numbness in their legs, or how a simple sneeze is what caused it. But what actually is sciatic pain? Is it just a general term for lower back pain? And if you have sciatic pain, what can be done about it?

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Here at Progressive Health and Rehab in Gahanna, our chiropractor and physical therapists see many individuals with sciatic pain. In fact, over three million Americans have to cope with sciatic pain each year. But what is sciatic pain?

The sciatic nerve is the major nerve that runs from the spinal cord, through the hips, and down into the legs, providing most of the feeling and functionality to your lower extremities. Your lower back health can affect what happens with your sciatic nerve. Several different root causes can lead to pain, inflammation, and irritation of the sciatic nerve including:

  • Narrowing of the Spinal Canal
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis  
  • Muscle Spasms or Tightening
  • Pregnancy

While you may or may not need specific radiology in order to pinpoint the cause of your sciatic pain, a well versed chiropractor can help you find lower back pain relief no matter the cause. You don’t have to suffer from your sciatica being impinged. You don’t have to live with the tingling and numbness that can be an uncomfortable result of sciatic problems. Set up your appointment with the specialists at Progressive Health and Rehab today!