Ever felt that sharp stabbing pain in your lower back? You might ignore it hoping it will work itself out, or lay down in hopes of relief. The next day you have pain and numbness radiating down one leg and have difficulty walking. We call that sciatica. Here's how it works:
First, a basic anatomy lesson. In between each of the bones in the spine there are spinal discs which are the weight-
Spinal discs contain a gel-
As a person ages, the spinal discs naturally lose some of their water content, leading to cracks or fissures in the cartilage. If the stress on the spine is unusual or unexpected, the gel-
If enough of this material pushes through, the nerve can become inflamed and cause symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness, and possibly weakness. Typically, such pain and/or numbness radiates down the leg and can travel below the knee and possibly into the foot. This condition is called sciatica.
Sciatic symptoms, with or without back pain, are highly suggestive of an inflamed spinal nerve. In fact, one suffering from sciatica will usually say the leg symptoms are much worse than any back pain.
Montgomery Chiropractors and Sciatica
With sciatic symptoms, if the X-
In the best scenario, conservative treatment, like that offered at Premier Posture Health and Wellness, may be sufficient to treat sciatic symptoms by allowing the nerve inflammation to improve with time.[2,3]
Relief From Sciatica
At Premier Posture Health and Wellness, we combine high-
Our advanced chiropractic care helps relieve pressure from the spinal nerves for long-
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