Sciatica refers to a set of symptoms rather than a specific condition. It occurs when the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body, becomes compressed or irritated. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. When it gets affected, it can cause various symptoms, including:
- Pain: The hallmark symptom of sciatica is sharp, shooting pain that radiates from the lower back or buttocks down the back of the leg. The pain can vary from mild to severe and may be accompanied by a burning or tingling sensation.
- Numbness and tingling: Some individuals with sciatica may experience numbness or tingling sensations in the leg or foot. This is often due to the nerve’s irritation, causing abnormal sensations.
- Weakness: Sciatica can lead to weakness in the leg or foot muscles, making it difficult to move the affected limb properly.
- Difficulty sitting or standing: People with sciatica often find it challenging to sit or stand for extended periods due to the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Pain with movement: Certain activities, such as bending, lifting, or even coughing and sneezing, may exacerbate the pain in individuals with sciatica.
How sciatica affects people’s lives can vary depending on the severity of the symptoms and individual circumstances. Some potential impacts include:
- Reduced mobility: Severe pain and weakness in the leg can limit a person’s ability to move around comfortably, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle.
- Interference with daily activities: Pain during sitting, standing, or engaging in routine activities like walking or driving can disrupt a person’s ability to perform their daily tasks.
- Sleep disturbances: The pain and discomfort associated with sciatica can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, leading to disrupted sleep patterns and fatigue.
- Impact on work and productivity: For those with physically demanding jobs, the pain and reduced mobility caused by sciatica may affect their ability to work efficiently or even result in time off work.
- Emotional impact: Dealing with chronic pain and the limitations it imposes can lead to emotional distress, including frustration, anxiety, and even depression.
- Social limitations: Pain and reduced mobility can restrict participation in social and recreational activities, leading to feelings of isolation and decreased quality of life.
We offer a Natural, Drug and Surgery free approach to treating Sciatica.
Over the last 25 years we have helped many people overcome sciatica. We use various gentle adjusting and soft tissue techniques to relieve the irritation to the sciatic nerve so your body can heal and you can get back to doing what you want to, pain free. If you would like to see if we can help you just click the get started button below and request a consultation. You’ve got nothing to lose but the pain.