About 40% of people in the U.S. experience this during their lifetimes
Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates from the lower back down through the buttocks and into one or both legs. It is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the lower back down through the hips and legs.
Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical problem putting pressure on, or pinching, the sciatic nerve.
About 40 percent of people in the U.S. experience sciatica sometime during their lifetime.
Causes of sciatica include:
- An injury/previous injury to your lower back or spine
- Lack strong core muscles to support your lower back
- Have an active, physical job that requires heavy lifting
- Poor posture for weightlifting or other strength-based exercises
- An inactive lifestyle
By incorporating healthy habits like good posture, and regular exercise into your daily routine, you can reduce your risk of developing sciatica and other back-related issues.
Chiropractic care can be helpful in treating sciatica utilizing various manual techniques to adjust the spine, reducing pressure on the affected nerve and alleviating symptoms. They may also recommend exercises or stretches to help improve flexibility and strengthen the affected area.
If you or someone you love is experiencing sciatica pain, there is no need to continue suffering. Please contact me.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.