When the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine become agitated, sciatic nerve pain occurs. Whether you have been sitting with poor posture for too long, experienced trauma causing stiffness, or became inactive for extended periods of time, the pain caused by sciatica can easily sideline you.
Sciatica can occur when the spinal canal narrows in the lower back, causing lumbar spinal stenosis. Degenerative disc diseases can also cause sciatica because those discs act as cushions between vertebrae. Even the extra pressure on the spine added by pregnancy can cause sciatica.
There are many everyday things you can do to treat sciatica. You should avoid sitting for extended periods of time and alternate lying down with short walks. Dr. Sal may recommend that you take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, to help with the pain. He’ll direct you on the dosage that is right for you.
Sciatica can be debilitating for many patients, which is why they often need a physical therapy regimen to experience relief. Fortunately, Dr. Sal’s expertise allows him to create a treatment plan with physical therapy and musculoskeletal manipulations. Perform the techniques as prescribed to get the fastest results possible, being careful not to overdo it. If you perform your exercises more than prescribed, it could agitate the injury, causing even worse pain.
To prevent sciatica from being a constant disruption in your life:
Good body mechanics help you keep pressure off of your sciatic nerve. For example, you may have heard you should lift with your legs, not with your back. This is because lifting with your back can very easily agitate the sciatic nerve. When you lift items, hold them close to your body and don’t twist.
Regular chiropractic care can help you to prevent any potential sciatica. Contact Dr. Sal today to find out how chiropractic care can improve your daily life.
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