What Is Sciatica?

27 Jan 16

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with sciatica or sciatic neuritis? If it’s something you’re concerned about, we can help. First, let’s talk about what it is.

Sciatica is a persistent pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in your lower back and runs down either one or both legs. Symptoms  include lower back pain, buttock pain, numbness or weakness taking place in various areas of the foot and leg, and a shooting pain which can make it extremely difficult to walk or even stand up. The severity of the pain is different with everyone. Some individuals report discomfort that’s merely annoying and infrequent while others have pain that’s so severe it’s actually debilitating. In some cases, the simple act of sneezing or coughing can lead to pain that’s absolutely excruciating.

So now that we know what it is, why does it happen? Simply put, sciatica takes place when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. It’s the largest nerve found in your body and it’s made up of isolated nerve routes that branch out from the spine in your lower back. If the nerve gets pinched by a herniated disc or a bone overgrowth on your vertebrae, sciatica will most likely happen.

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we’ve been in the business for years, and we’ve got the training and technology to deal with sciatica. Finally, you have no need to undergo risky surgeries or take unnecessary prescription medication. As a trusted chiropractor that serves the people in and around Woodstock, let us help you get your life back.

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