Back pain can strike at any time and ranges from a mild ache to debilitating chronic pain. Flare-ups can have an immediate onset after injuries, the cause could be unknown and mysterious with the gradual onset over time. Simple over-the-counter medicines work wonders at times, but surgery and powerful medications could be the only option. For those who prefer the holistic approach, chiropractic visits to Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton, FL, can help. The source of back pain one moment is easy to identify, other times it’s one of life’s biggest challenges. Sciatica is the one that is easy to identify but painful part of life. We are proud to serve the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Fruitville FL areas
How Sciatica Works
Herniated discs in the lumbar spine are generally where sciatica starts. The vertebrae of the spine are protected, cushioned and separated by flexible, round, flat discs of connective tissue that will wear down as we age or due to injuries and accidents and the soft center might start to push out of the hard, protective outer ring. As a disc becomes herniated, it can add pressure to >span class="wsc-grammar-problem">causing a lot of pain when the pressure gets put on the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower back, splits and branches out to both sides of the body then runs through the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. Narrowing of the spine, or spinal stenosis and bone spurs can also put extra pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatic pain.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet on both sides. Bone spurs and spinal stenosis (narrowing) can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. When that happens, it can cause a lot of problems all the way down the nerve. Sciatica generally clears up in a few weeks with a few drug-free, non-invasive options. If the pain isn’t severe, a few treatment options include:
- Physical therapy will help with improving posture which takes pressure off the nerve, exercise, and stretching helps.
- Alternating heat and cold packs will help.
- Massage, acupuncture, yoga, and biofeedback are a few alternative therapy options.
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Other treatments options are available including chiropractic care. Wellness awaits you at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic clinic serving the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Fruitville FL areas. We are dedicated to helping the community live a pain-free, healthy and energetic life. Educating patients is what our staff is passionate about which leads to long-term results. Give us a call at (941) 739-2900 to learn about our chiropractor services.