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Struggling with Sciatica?

If you’re having pain which radiates in the buttocks or back all of the way down the thighs, you might be experiencing a condition called sciatica. An untreated sciatic illness may continue to aggravate your body and make performing day to day activities extremely difficult or even impossible. This guide is aimed at helping you to understand sciatica and how chiropractic treatment can help you to conquer it.

Sciatica in Santa Cruz

Sciatica, which is also called sciatic neuralgia, is a condition which causes a pain that extends from the back down to the leg and into the foot. It may make it difficult to stand and sitting for extended periods of time. Additionally, it may produce sensations of tingling and numbness in the foot. It will frequently come and go through an individual’s lifetime, resulting in periods of discomfort and pain that fluctuate in intensity. If left unattended, sciatic pain will normally grow worse and the nerve may suffer permanent damage.

The reason that pain travels so far throughout the body is because because it is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, originating in the lumbar spine and extending into the buttocks before traveling down into the leg and into the foot. When the vertebrae from the lower back are compacted, the roots of the sciatic nerve may get pinched and become irritated, producing pain and injury.

How Does Sciatica Develop?

There are a variety of factors which could lead to the development of sciatica. It is most frequently brought on by disk injuries and lumps. Sciatica can be common when there are subluxations (misalignments) from the spine due to postural issues, repetitive use injuries, pregnancy, or trauma. Some patients say they simply bent over to pick up a piece of paper and were hit with intense pain. The truth is that the spinal illness was likely developing for quite a while before the inciting incident cause symptoms to manifest.

Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors at Santa Cruz are trained to zero in on the origin of the sciatica and work with patients to decide the most acceptable treatment route. Following a through assessment of the patients unique condition, gentle alterations will be made that will help the body recover its normal alignment. Some people respond to treatment quickly while others take longer to recover. The length of recovery depends upon the condition of the discs and joints that the chiropractor has to correct. In most cases, the longer the issue has persisted, the longer it will take to be corrected. The good news is that it generally takes less time to fix the issue than it took for it to develop. When the position of the spine and disks are improved, patients often report improvements to their general health.

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