What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a persistent pain that is felt along the sciatic nerve; it runs from the lower back down to the feet. It controls the muscles to the legs & provides sensation to the thighs, legs & bottoms of the feet. Sciatica occurs most often in people between the ages thirty through fifty. It usually is caused by repetitive use type of conditions, such as sitting for long periods of time, or normal wear & tear. It is seldom caused by an acute injury.
The pain from sciatica can be sometimes debilitating it can get so extreme it can be difficult for to sit, walk or even sleep. Some people experience tingling while for others it is a dull ache. Occasionally it can be a burning type of feeling. Pain from the sciatic nerve is usually caused by the nerve being pinched or irritated in the lower back or lumbar backbone. The nerve then gets inflamed & causes a variety of signs that can wreak havoc with one’s lifestyle.
The most conservative type of treatment for sciatica is the application of ice. I recommend to my patients to lay flat with pillows under the knees & apply ice to the lower back on the side of involvement for fifteen minutes. This can be repeated up to every hour if necessary. It is important not to apply the ice for over0 minutes at a time because this can irritate the condition. Applying ice to the source of the issue will decrease the inflammation of the nerve & subsequently decrease pain. Although this may a temporary solution, it does offer some relief.
Alteration of the backbone to relieve the pressure on the nerve has been demonstrated in studies to be of the most affective treatments for sciatic pain. Alteration is the best place to start when somebody has sciatic nerve pain. It is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option. The objective of alteration is to realign the spinal bones taking the pressure off the nerve. When the nerve pressure is alleviated often finds great improvement with decreased pain & inflammation.