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Leg Pain and Sciatica
Leg pain can affect everyday activities in our lives by causing debilitating pain causing difficulty sleeping, walking, or engaging in the most simple of everyday activities. It can range from a mild nuisance that comes and goes to consistent pain throughout the day. Leg pain varies from patient to patient, taking on various forms including searing pain, aching, burning, and throbbing along with being accompanied by secondary symptoms like numbness, weakness, and a ‘pins and needles sensation’.
Sciatica in the leg causes extreme pain due to compression, inflammation, or irritation of the sciatic nerves. The sciatic nerves are thick nerves that run down the posterior of each leg. Five smaller nerves branch off of a sciatic nerve that extends from the lower spine. These five smaller nerves join together and extend down the legs. At this point, they divide into smaller nerves that travel throughout the foot, knee, calves, toes, and thighs. When any of these nerves become inflamed, it is called sciatica.
People with sciatica can may shooting pains down the leg and into the foot and toes, and other times a dull ache or numbness. Daily and occupational activities can cause or exacerbate Sciatica, such as sitting at a desk in one position for prolonged periods of time. Also, various exercises (tennis, golf, other activities involving twisting) can cause sciatica. Sciatica can occur in one leg, both legs, or alternate from one leg to the other.
Causes of Leg Pain and Sciatica
Since the sciatic nerve is very long, there are multiple locations along its length where irritation may occur. An example is the lower back; a subluxation (misaligned lumbar vertebra) causes extra pressure on the nerve, causing pain.
Sciatica can also be caused by disc herniation. Discs are the "shock absorbers" Each vertebrae of the spine has a cartilage like cushion “shock absorber” between the vertebrae to add space between two vertebrates. These cushioned discs are what allow the back to turn and bend normally. Some causes of a “slipped disc” or disc herniation are car accidents, a fall, or other type of vertebral trauma, causing the disc to bulge on one side of the spine.
If you think you may be suffering from sciatica, you may first experience a sharp pain in the lower back. Eventually, the pain will get worse upon sitting or standing in one position too long as the pain begins to migrate down the back of the leg.
Treatment For Sciatica
Most medical doctors will treat a patient with sciatica by providing the patient with painkillers, or telling their patient that the condition may disappear naturally. Sciatica rarely disappears naturally, and the end product is the patient's liver, kidney, or stomach lining are damaged by the continuous use of drugs. A better and more natural approach is chiropractic work.
Moore Chiropractic San Antonio will treat your leg pain or sciatica by finding the location of nerve irritation, relieving the pressure on the nerve, and allowing the body to heal itself naturally.
If you are experiencing leg pain or sciatica now please contact Moore Chiropractic by giving us a call at 210-525-9063.
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