How to Remedy Sciatica and Prevent a Recurrence

Are you experiencing a shooting pain that runs from your lower back into your leg? Is the pain worse after sitting or standing for long periods? The culprit could be sciatica. 

While aches and pains are a normal part of aging, sciatica pain can stop you in your tracks making it impossible to continue with your daily routine. Jeffery Muschik, DC, and the team at Access Chiropractic Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, can help.

Dr. Muschik is experienced and highly skilled at alleviating the symptoms associated with sciatica and treating the root cause for real and lasting relief. The team at Access Chiropractic Center wants you to be pain-free so you can get back to living your life.

Read on to learn how you can remedy sciatica and prevent a recurrence. 

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the largest in your body. It starts in your lower back, then branches out to the hips, buttocks, and down your legs. 

Sciatica, also called sciatic neuritis, refers to the pain you experience when the sciatic nerve is irritated. The pain usually radiates down one side of your body from the lower back into the leg—sometimes to the foot. 

When something puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, most commonly a herniated disc, sciatica can be triggered. Sciatica pain can happen after an injury, but it can also occur due to aging and is most often seen in those between 30-50.

Although a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc is the most common trigger, there are other possible causes of sciatica. These include arthritis, joint dysfunction, pregnancy, bone spurs, tumors, inflamed muscles or tissue, and infection. 

Is my pain sciatica?

Everyone gets back or leg pain once in a while, but if you have sciatica you’ll know something is different. One of the telltale signs of sciatica is pain that runs down the leg on only one side of the body from the lower back and through the buttocks. 

Sciatica pain can range from dull and achy to shooting and stabbing. It can cause numbness or tingling sensations. Episodes can be over in a few hours or can come and go for months. Sciatica is often worse after sitting or standing for long periods. 

To diagnose sciatica, Dr. Muschik will take your full history and conduct a physical exam. This exam can confirm the involvement of the sciatic nerve and pinpoint the root area of the problem so a customized treatment plan can be made. 

Dr. Muschik brings experience and skill when treating sciatica symptoms. With his help, you’ll get relief from pain as quickly as possible. 

How can I remedy sciatica? 

In mild cases, sciatica will go away on its own relatively quickly. In other cases, it’s helpful to see a medical professional to treat and manage symptoms. Common treatments include:

One or more of these treatments may be used to alleviate your pain. Dr. Muschik will treat any disc, joint, or muscle problems to prevent your sciatica from returning. 

How can I prevent a recurrence of sciatica?

The best way to prevent a recurrence of sciatica is to make lifestyle changes and receive regular healthcare. Here are some tips to stop sciatica from making a comeback:

1. Engage in regular exercise 

Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, and improves your musculoskeletal system. Be sure to strengthen your core muscles as they’re key to keeping back pain at bay.

2. Maintain a healthy weight

When you carry extra weight—especially around the middle—your back suffers. The extra pressure these pounds bring to your spinal system causes ongoing strain, increasing your chances of sciatica. 

3. Practice good posture

Bad posture puts excess pressure on your lower back, increasing the strain on the discs and nerves. When sitting, use a chair with good lumbar support and take frequent breaks to stretch and move. 

4. Quit smoking

Smoking contributes to disc degeneration, putting you at greater risk for sciatica. Smoking also interrupts your body’s natural healing process, making recovery difficult.  

5. Lift properly

When lifting objects, be sure to use your glutes and legs—not your lower back! Improper lifting puts strain and pressure in the wrong places and can trigger sciatica. 

Ready to leave sciatica pain behind?

You don’t have to struggle with sciatica any longer. Find relief by visiting Dr. Muschik and the team at Access Chiropractic Center. 

To schedule an appointment and get started treating your sciatica, call or use the online booking tool today.

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