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Posted on 01-30-2015

More people suffer from sciatica than we realize, and the problem has been steadily growing over the past few decades. An inactive lifestyle, jobs that keep us seated in a chair for the better part of the day, the work that forces us to hunch over and work with computers for hours on end, and a general disregard for our own body, all of these are behind the rise in sciatica cases being reported today. All of this begs the question, what is sciatica and how to cure it?

In layman terms, sciatica is a condition when you have pain in your legs, low back pain, and at times, pain in your hips. This pain can get unbearable for some people, and often leaves you gasping for air. In milder cases, sciatica can be nothing more than just a persistent tingling sensation, which you can learn to ignore. As with any medical condition, seeking sciatica treatment on time is the most effective way to prevent it from aggravating. If you have leg pain or hip pain, get yourself checked for sciatica.

How is sciatica caused?

Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve in your body. This nerve extends  from your back, all the way down to your toes in each leg, traversing the entire length of your legs. When part of this nerve gets trapped somewhere in the vertebrae, or a disc herniation causes pressure on this nerve, sciatica is caused.

Since sciatica is often caused due to pinching by the vertebrae, chiropractic readjustment can help rectify this. In certain cases, muscle bunching and knotting in key trigger areas can also cause sciatica, and a chiropractor can help you find a solution for these muscle knots as well. Chiropractors can help address the root cause behind your pain. Combined with massage and other therapy, a  chiropractor in Lexington can help you find a lasting treatment for sciatica.

Dr. Heath Gallentine

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