March 9, 2011
Sciatica is a pain that affects millions of people throughout the world. It’s one of those types of pains that shoots through your body and feels like a lightning rod. It often manifests itself around your hip area and can be constant and nagging, causing many people to lose sleep. It is not one of those types of pains that should be ignored.
The term sciatica represents a pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. It is one of the longest nerves in our body. The word “sciatic” comes from Latin word which means hip. The sciatic nerve because it’s so long that the pain can extend from your buttocks all the way down to your toes. In fact, this is how many people explained the pain that they feel, which often makes it difficult to diagnose the cause of the problem by a doctor.
When a patient visits a doctor to resolve their problem he/she must trace back the origin of the pain in order to treat the root of the problem. But as mentioned before the sciatic nerve branches out into many parts of the body, through one’s muscles, joints, and tissue. Tracing back the origin of the problem is a tedious and somewhat trial and error method. It is best for the patient to work with the doctor in explaining how long and how far the pain continues.
There are many reasons how sciatica comes about. For example, a person lifting something improperly could cause a misalignment in vertebrae, which then could lead to sciatic pain. In addition, many people sit in front of the computer for long periods of time in an improper position, this could also cause sciatica pain.
Chiropractors have been known to do a very good job in treating sciatica. The doctors thoroughly investigate where the pain begins and check the alignment of the vertebrae in your back. With that in mind, the doctor can trace the areas in which the pain is being propagated. Thus, the chiropractor can then present to the patient the best options to reduce sciatic pain. Exercise and manipulation are often recommended.