Sciatica describes an inflammation around the sciatic nerve at the lower part of your spine. Anyone who has sciatica understands how the symptoms are severe, bothersome, and debilitating. Almost every movement triggers pain, tingling, weakness, and several other problems. Dr. Cynthia Airhart of Crossroads Chiropractic Clinic in Victoria, TX, educates her patients about the effects of sciatica and ways they can prevent issues in the future. Why does sciatica hurt so much?
The Sciatic Is the Largest Nerve in the Body
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest in the human body. It begins in the lower part of your spine and branches into each leg. The nerve travels along your buttock through an opening in your pelvic bone and extends into the back of your thigh. From there, it branches out behind your knee, down your calf area, and into your ankle and foot. Not only is the sciatic nerve the longest in the body, but it is also made of sensory and motor fibers. This creates a risk of significant discomfort when the nerve is under pressure.
Body Movements Put Pressure on the Sciatic
Considering that the sciatic nerve travels through your entire lower body, every movement potentially triggers symptoms. When you sit or lie down, your buttocks put pressure on the nerve. The piriformis muscles help you move your leg and hips, and they are sometimes involved in sciatica. Walking, bending, running, and bending over may trigger pain and unusual symptoms.
Herniated Discs Affect the Sciatic Nerve
Herniated discs in your spinal column cause inflammation around the nerves. If your herniated disc is in the lower part of your spine, chances are that it will affect your sciatic nerve. You may have sharp pains in your lower back, buttocks, or the back of your thighs.
Sciatica is a Lingering Condition
Overuse, injuries, and poor posture are the most common reasons why people develop sciatic nerve symptoms. Many people have recurring symptoms after the first episode. Dr. Airhart recommends that people seek chiropractic care when they first have signs of sciatica and continue treatment to prevent re-injury.
Chiropractic Care Helps with Sciatica
Spinal decompression alleviates pressure on your sciatic nerve, and chiropractic adjustments ensure that your vertebrae are stable and aligned. Dr. Airhart also provides expert guidance on ways to improve your posture and body mechanics to reduce the risk of triggering sciatica symptoms.
Do you have symptoms of sciatica? Call Crossroads Chiropractic Clinic today at (361) 579-9325 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Airhart at our Victoria, TX, office.