Sciatica is a common pain condition. It occurs when there is an irritation of the largest nerve in the body – the sciatic nerve. Because this nerve covers such a wide area, the underlying cause of the irritation can vary. Symptoms can also differ from person to person, depending on the degree of compression and the location of the nerve problem.
We are going to take a closer look at some of the indicators that a sciatic nerve irritation exists. Then we will consider just a few of the many causes of this type of nerve problem. Finally, we will discuss why a specific form of chiropractic care can provide natural relief for some patients with sciatica.
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Again, because of the size of the nerve, there can be many different symptoms of sciatica. This is often related to where the compression of the nerve is taking place and how severe the underlying problem is. Consider just a few of the symptoms that may occur when a person has sciatica.
This may vary from person to person. Consider just a few underlying factors that may lead to irritation of this particular nerve.
Again, these are just a few of the possible causes of the nerve irritation that is resulting in sciatica symptoms.
One of the places that no one usually checks when all of your symptoms are from the lower back down is in the neck. However, an upper cervical misalignment can be at the root of a sciatic nerve issue. How is this the case? It is because when the bones that balance the skull become misaligned, changes occur throughout the spine and surrounding soft tissue to keep your head balanced and your eyes level. Where the most considerable alterations take place is the more likely spot for pain and other symptoms to occur.
Unfortunately, for many people, the most significant shifts occur in the lower back. This can place pressure on the sciatic nerve. It can also lock the spine in a stressed position. That, in turn causes premature degeneration of the discs or of the spinal canal itself. All of these are factors that are related to sciatica.
Therefore, it makes sense to see an upper cervical specific chiropractor if you are dealing with a chronic case of sciatica. Correcting the underlying issue is a necessity for long-term relief. Contact a practitioner in your area today to learn more. Scheduling an examination can help you discover if this is an underlying factor for your sciatica.
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