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You might figure that a sudden jolt or twisting injury to the lumbar area of the spine can cause back pain -- but if the sciatic nerve becomes involved, back pain may be just the beginning of your misery. When this large nerve is pinched for whatever reason, the resulting neurological misfires can cause the constellation of symptoms known as sciatica. If you're suffering from leg or foot problems as well as back pain, you may have a herniated disc or other structure pressing against your sciatic nerve. That's when you know it's time to consult our Midwest City chiropractor at Sweeney Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Steve Sweeney.
Sciatica is so named for the largest, thickest nerve in the entire body. The sciatic nerve is attached to the spinal cord via several major nerve roots jutting out from between the lumbar and sacral vertebrae at the bottom of the spine. This nerve extends down through the buttock and into the leg, branching out into all the smaller nerves that serve these structures with sensory and motor data. When the nerve roots or the sciatic nerve become impinged, any or all of these parts of the body may be subjected to:
In the most extreme circumstances, sciatica can even cause loss of bowel or bladder control. This degree of sciatica is considered a medical emergency.
Sciatica is quite common, especially in middle age. It may stem from an acute injury such as a herniated disc pushing against the nerve. (The herniated disc may also be producing back pain on its own.) Degenerative spinal diseases that involve bulging, flattened discs and movement of vertebrae may also cause sciatic nerve pressure. In many cases, chronic poor posture and spinal misalignment, aided and abetted by weak muscular support, may be sufficient to cause sciatica.
Sciatica tends to come and go,but it isn't likely to stay away for long unless you've corrected the underlying physical cause of it. That's where our chiropractor comes in. Dr. Sweeney helps Oklahoma City and Midwest City residents rid themselves of sciatica by administering natural, safe, drug-free, non-invasive treatments to address the reasons for your nerve impingement.
First we examine your spine to see exactly where the impingement is taking place and whether a disc problem or misalignment is involved. If so, chiropractic adjustments can gently and effectively correct your spinal alignment, taking the pinch off of sciatic nerve roots. Corrective exercises can then be prescribed to help you strengthen your back and the core muscles of your pelvis and abdomen for better spinal support. We can even provide nutritional counseling if excess weight is making you more vulnerable to sciatica. Call (405) 672-4800 today to schedule a sciatica evaluation from our chiropractor!
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