Let’s Start Here:
In this blog, we are going to explore what causes sciatica. We are going to talk about the bottom line facts about this common painful condition. We will then get into why it matters that you know this information. Then finally we will discuss the best next steps to take when considering treatment for your sciatic pain. As your local Overland Park Ks, chiropractor Dr. Ryan and Impact Health and Performance team sees it as our job to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right choice for your health and your care. Let’s dive in!
Bottom Line: If you have had sciatica in the past, you know the fear you get when you move wrong.
If you've ever fallen to your knees in pain because of sciatica, you know how scary it can be. Pain that locks up your low back and travels down your leg after sneezing, coughing, or bending over is one of the least welcomed surprises you can experience in your life. Sciatic pain is caused when a spinal disc, excess bone, or overgrown ligaments begin to pinch the nerves in your low back that travel down your buttocks and legs all the way to your feet. Do you know the best way to find relief?
Why it Matters:
You may be surprised to learn that disc bulges and herniations are quite common as we get older, and a majority of the time, they don't cause any pain.
That's right. You can and may have various spinal disc issues that aren't causing you any pain. However, if a nerve in your low back is pinched, your body is sure to let you know about it with a jolt of pain.
It may seem like the only way to "take care" of a bulged or herniated disc is by cutting it out with surgery, but that's not the case. The best way to treat sciatica is with the care offered in our practice. Stretching, exercise and spinal adjustments have all been shown to be extremely effective at reducing the pain associated with sciatica because they reduce the pinching (or compression) on your spinal nerves.
- The controlled movement of your spinal joints can help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Surgery is a last resort, and it's estimated that less than 5% of people with sciatica are good candidates for surgical intervention.
- A recent study found that people with lumbar disc herniations had more relief (over 60%) with spinal adjustments than with spinal injections.
Having sciatica doesn't mean that you are destined for surgery. In fact, the majority of people with disc issues and sciatica can get better chiropractic care. The best way to reduce your risk of sciatica is by being proactive with your health. Daily movement, dynamic stretching, regular exercise, and spinal adjustments are all important steps you can take to keep your low back in tip-top shape. If you have questions about how you can implement these proactive steps in your daily routine to help reduce your chance of experiencing low back pain, reach out to us today! Remember, your spine is resilient, your spinal discs can heal, and that we're here to help!
Symptomatic MRI-Confirmed Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study. JMPT. 2013.