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Sciatica is a relatively common condition involving the sciatic nerve that causes pain in the lower back. The sciatic nerve actually consists of a group of connected nerves that run from the lower back, through the buttock and thigh, into the knee and eventually the foot. The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve can lead to widespread severe pain when irritated. Sciatica patients also sometimes experience weakness or numbness in the leg.
Causes of Sciatica
There are multiple factors that can lead to sciatica. People with jobs that involve repetitive lifting or frequent exposure to mechanical vibrations are at the highest risk for this condition. Sciatica may also occur as the result of a car accident.
Poor posture and inactivity are not known direct causes of sciatica, however keeping your abdominal and back muscles strong by participating in regular exercise can decrease your risk of future back problems.
In some instances, sciatica can even occur when none of the common risk factors are present.
Sciatica is painful and can drastically reduce your quality of life. While some people rely on over-the-counter pain medications to get through the day, they simple are not a long-term solution for dealing with the pain of sciatica. In most cases, sciatica responds well to chiropractic treatment combined with rehabilitation, including exercise and lifestyle changes. Surgery is rarely required in the treatment of sciatica.
Your chiropractor in Overland Park can treat sciatica pain through various methods. We offer chiropractic adjustments as well as a number of complementary therapies including spinal decompression and hydromassage. We strive to give our patients the relief they need by treating the underlying problem. For sciatica patients, our goal is to reduce or eliminate pressure on the sciatic nerve to alleviate pain in the lower back and legs.
We have three convenient locations throughout the Kansas City area. If you’re suffering from sciatica in Overland Park, contact us today!
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Overland Park: (913) 562-6955
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