Sciatica: What Causes It? How Can You Get Relief?

Ouch... what's that pain in your leg? If you frequently experience a burning, aching, or tingling pain that runs from your lower back all the way down one leg, you may have sciatica. While it's not usually a serious health condition, sciatica can make it difficult to exercise and stay active during your day-to-day life. Even worse, it's hard to get relief when you sit down since that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. So what can you do to feel better when sciatica strikes? Williams Chiropractic & Decompression Center P.C. has a few answers for Greensboro residents. 

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Sciatica Is a Symptom of Other Problems

Sciatica is not a disease in and of itself. Rather, it's a sign that something is putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. The cause of this pressure is the real problem in your body -- pain that results from it is simply a side effect.

There are many things that can cause your sciatic nerve to get pinched or compressed. One of the most common is a misalignment of the spinal bones. If your vertebrae are not all in their correct places, they can put pressure on the nerve and cause either mild or severe pain. Other common causes of sciatic pain include:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Slipped discs
  • Diabetes
  • Wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Sleeping on an unsupportive mattress

Sciatic nerve pain can vary quite a bit from person to person. In severe cases, you might experience a burning sensation that goes all the way down to your foot. In milder cases, you might feel the pain more in your back and upper thigh. Sciatica pain can be chronic, or it can come and go. 

How to Relieve Your Leg and Back Pain

In some cases, sciatic nerve pain will clear up by itself. If it doesn't, though, you may find that ice and heat help to reduce your pain. Ultrasound therapy can also bring some relief.

A chiropractor may be able to help with your sciatica by finding and correcting any misalignments in your spine. In addition to relieving your back pain, having your spine aligned by a professional helps your muscles and nervous system heal, so you'll be less likely to experience sciatic pain in the future.

Treat Your Sciatica Naturally by Visiting a Chiropractor in Greensboro

See a doctor of chiropractic in Greensboro for quick and drug-free relief of sciatica pain. At Williams Chiropractic & Decompression Center P.C., treating neck and back pain is one of our specialties, and our experienced chiropractors are skilled in using techniques like DTS spinal decompression. Call us today or make an appointment online to take the first step towards a pain-free life.

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