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How do you know if you have Sciatica?


Common symptoms of Sciatica are:


-You can have pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting

-You can have burning or tingling down one or both legs

-You can have weakness, numbness or difficulty using your leg or foot

-You can have a shooting pain that makes standing or getting up from the sitting position difficult

-You can have pain when coughing, sneezing or any kind of movement


If these symptoms sound familiar you most likely have Sciatica.


Like a large river created by lots and lots of smaller streams, four or five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two large Sciatic Nerves.


When you have Sciatica the ‘soft pulpy’ disc between each spinal bone is often involved in irritating the nerves mentioned above. Keep in mind, it is impossible for a disc in your back to “slip.” It can, however, bulge, herniate, or even rupture. Imagine what a water balloon does when it is squeezed. This bulging can put direct pressure on your super sensitive nerves that are nearby.


The RESULT? You’ll have some painful swelling and you’ll experience some inflammation which is very painful. Depending on where the Sciatic Nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate down to your foot or toes.


While Sciatica can be distracting and painful, if corrected promptly it rarely produces permanent nerve damage.


Unlike artificial solutions such as drugs or the more drastic surgery, the intent of Chiropractic care is to help restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves. In other words, correct the problem and not cover it up. This natural approach, relying on the healing ability of your own body, moves at its own pace, it doesn’t happen overnight. Do you know someone who could be helped? If you do, give them this handout. You can help!