Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
· Lower back pain which is often aggravated by walking or bending at the waist, and relieved by lying down. When lower back pain is experienced, it is normally not as severe as the leg pain.
· Buttock pain which only occurs on one side of the buttock and is particularly feels better when lying down or walking, but worsens when sitting or standing.
· Numbness and weakness which make it very difficult to move the leg or foot, accompanied by a diminished knee-jerk reflex, particularly on the “web” of skin between the big toe and the second toe.
· Pain in various parts of the leg and foot; the pain, most often occurs on one side, but can vary widely. At times it feels like an infrequent and mild tingling and irritation, dull ache or burning sensation. But, in some cases, it becomes very severe and debilitating and patients may find it completely impossible to move their leg.
· Pins and needles sensation (also known as paresthesia) which is a feeling of pricking, prickling, tickling, tingling or burning sensation of a person’s skin with no apparent long-term physical effect.
Lifestyle Limitations of Sciatica
The main problem with sciatica is that the lower back itself is so important as far as any movement is concerned, or any activity you become involved in. In fact, it is unlike when you have injured a leg or an arm, where you can comfortably use some crutches or rest in a sling in order to allow healing to take place. With sciatica pain, that luxury is not afforded. Sitting down aggravates the pain, yet keeping upright and walking a small distance here and there eases your pain.
When suffering from sciatica, you won’t be able to sleep on your stomach as doing so will probably make your lower back develop an exaggerated curve causing your pelvis to tilt forward. This leads to a snowball effect causing tight hip flexors and hamstrings and weak glutes, all of which may increase your sciatica nerve pain, not giving you the necessary sciatica relief. A good night sleep will be a thing of the past.
Treatment options for sciatica begin with a thorough and comprehensive neurological examination to determine the part of the nervous system that is not functioning properly. The Brain-Based Therapy, coupled with Chiropractic manipulation and spinal adjustments are then performed to correct the aspects of the central nervous system that might not be working properly.
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