SpineZone Treats Sciatica
The Problem: Sciatica
Sciatica usually only affects one side of the body. The pain radiates along the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower back to hips to buttocks and down the leg.
What’s to Blame?
Sciatica is the result of nerve compression usually caused by a bone spur on the spine, a herniated disk, or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine). In rarer cases it can be caused by a tumor or by a disease such as diabetes.
How Does It Feel?
Sciatica causes inflammation, resulting in back pain and usually some numbness in the affected leg. Radiating pain from lower back (lumbar) through the buttocks and down is textbook sciatica pain. It can vary from mild to sharp and excruciating. It can also feel like a jolt or an electric shock. In severe cases, sciatica can cause weakness or loss of feeling in the affected leg, or even loss of bladder and/or bowel control.
How Will SpineZone Help Me Get Relief?
SpineZone’s comprehensive healing approach is the perfect way to relieve pain from sciatica. The highly-skilled physical therapy team at SpineZone, partnered with our stellar BeingWell practitioners, will have you on the road to recovery from sciatica as soon as you schedule your evaluation. Your orthopedic care is in good hands with SpineZone.
Are There Prevention Tips?
Exercising regularly, maintaining proper posture when sitting, and using good body mechanics are all great ways to prevent sciatica. Keeping your core strong, choosing a chair with armrests and good lower back support, and placing a pillow or rolled towel in the small of the back to maintain proper curve all help.
Placing one foot on a stool when standing for long periods of time, lifting correctly (lifting with the legs, no twisting, keeping back straight and bending at the knees, holding the load close to the body), and finding a lifting partner when the load is too heavy are all ways to prevent back pain and injury.