Sciatic nerve pain can be one of the most debilitating problems in your wellness arsenal when a flare up occurs. The sciatic nerve is the largest, and most prolific, nerve in your body. If it gets triggered due to overuse, repetitive muscle strain, or constant immobility, a great deal of chronic pain may result. A chiropractor is your optimal ally when dealing with sciatic nerve pain.
What Causes Sciatica?
A general rule of thumb when diagnosing sciatic nerve pain relies on the activities that perpetuate the condition in the first place. Sciatica can be either chronic or acute, depending on length of time, age, genetic factors, and activities.
Wickwire Chiropractic Wellness Center, in both the Hiawatha and Marion, has some guidelines on what to consider when you feel that numbness, tingling, and burning pain down one side of your leg. These include:
- Sitting Too Much - More often than not, nine to five employees suffer from sciatica due to their posture, chair, or length of time sitting in one position without taking a break.
- The Piriformis Muscle - The piriformis muscle is a tiny muscle that, if activated and tight, can pressure the sciatic nerve and create a searing flare-up. Oftentimes referred to as piriformis syndrome, this muscle located in the buttocks afflicts both athletes who overuse their glutes, and people who sit too often and don't stretch.
- Age - As you get older, your body begins to need constant attention and care. Arthritis, osteoporosis, bone diseases in the spine, and other forms of illness can cause an avalanche of problems, one of which is sciatic nerve pain.
- Lack of Vitamin D - Believe or not, but sunshine sans sunscreen for 20 minutes per day helps the bones absorb more calcium. Vitamin D is the precursor to aid in stronger bones.
Help is On the Way!
Chiropractic care is the number one antidote to minimizing the pain of sciatica. We take a preliminary exam at our Hiawatha and Marion locations, after questions and routine paperwork is filled out. A spinal exam allows us to get closer to the source of your sciatica nerve pain that's resonating throughout your body.
Many wait until it's too late, when walking or regular activities become unbearable. However, a chiropractor who understands the overall wellness that serves you best during our entire exam and consultation will ultimately prescribe a treatment of ice, rehab therapy, rest, and ongoing chiropractic care.
It's in our sincere interest that we help you regain strength and minimize pain. Contact our clinic today!