Sciatica! Commonly understood as excruciating pain running down the back of one leg caused by a trapping of the sciatic nerve often accompanied by numbness, pins and needles or weakness in that leg or foot. It is horrible!
The pain often feels much worse with prolonged sitting and feels better once up and gently moving round.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. The nerve begins in the low back and runs all the way down the leg into the foot. It can get trapped at numerous places on the way down but the most common place is in the low back as the spinal nerves exit the spine. Here a disc may herniate or ‘slip’ causing pinching of the nerve and causing the onset of pain.
It doesn’t have to be a big traumatic incident or fall for this to happen. Many people ‘slip discs’ by sneezing, coughing or simply bending over.
Chiropractic care is very successful at treating sciatica by taking the pressure off of the nerve and restoring movement back into the spine.
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