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Is Sciatica to Blame for Your Pain?

Do you ever wake up with a dull ache in your back, hips or legs? Or, maybe a pain that seems to radiate throughout your entire lower body without rhyme or reason? It’s possible that sciatica is to blame, and the best way to get rid of sciatic pain is to understand its root cause.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatic pain results when the sciatic nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed. Common culprits can be herniated discs, misaligned spinal bones, tense or tight muscles, as well as an injury to or near the nerve. As the longest nerve in your body, it runs from the lower back through the hips, buttocks and down into each leg. As it touches so many crucial parts of your body, it’s easy to see how it can become irritated.

Sciatic pain can also be triggered by things like:

  • Unsupportive shoes
  • Sitting on a full back pocket—i.e., one with a phone, keys or wallet in it resulting in an uneven seated position
  • Stress

How to Get Sciatica Under Control

While sciatica can be painful to deal with, there is hope at getting it under control. As slipped or herniated discs, inflammation and misaligned spinal bones are common culprits, giving chiropractic care a try is often a first step. The goal of care with us will be to improve the way your body is functioning, restoring its ability to heal itself naturally through focused, gentle care.

Not only can we provide specific adjustments, but we’ll also recommend various stretches and exercises to help you manage and overcome the discomfort.

We look forward to seeing you in the practice soon!

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