Are You Suffering from Sciatica?

Sciatica nerve pain. Woman with pain in lower back.


You experience a sharp shooting pain moving across your back and down your leg. Or you feel an ache that causes a sensation of numbness or tingling that runs through your thigh into your calf. This discomfort can be mildly irritating or constant and agonizing. This is not a normal backache. You may be experiencing sciatica.


Sciatica is nerve pain caused by an irritation to the sciatic nerve. It is pain that radiates and travels from the low back down to one or both legs. Sciatica primarily occurs when the vertebrae of the lower back is misaligned or pinched. This puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is the body’s largest single nerve. The pain is usually more severe in the leg compared to the back.


Mild cases of sciatica can resolve on their own. When it does not, it can lead to chronic pain, muscle weakness and damage to your sciatic nerve. This is when it’s a good idea to visit a chiropractor. Sciatica should be taken seriously and there are various treatments that a chiropractor may use or recommend. Options may include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, hot and cold therapies, spinal decompression and chiropractic exercises. Your chiropractor will evaluate your situation and determine the course of action that best suits your individual needs.


Although sciatic pain is common, it can be incapacitating for some, and you should not have to tolerate it. Talk to Dr. Taylor Davis at Davis Spine and Sport in McKinney, TX to help you understand what you are dealing with and explore the best treatment plans. Dr. Davis can also recommend ways to protect your back and help with the prevention of sciatica. If you or a loved one is suffering from sciatica, schedule your appointment today with Davis Spine and Sport.

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