June 26, 2017

 If you have ever had sciatic nerve pain, you know it hurts! Sciatica starts in the lower back or buttock, radiates down one or both legs and can travel down the back of the thigh, and in many cases down the calf and to the foot. The pain can be dull and achey in nature, but is often described as sharp, shooting, electric like pain that can be movement dependent. Often times, the pain increases during walking or sitting, and for some may be relieved by lying down. Other people may find that it is hard to be comfortable in any position when it is really acute.

How does this happen?

The sciatic nerve can become inflamed by a couple of culprits. Many times that culprit is the L5/S1 disc, or the last disc in the spine right at the base of the lower back. This is...

 

Let's talk a bit more about different sources of pain. As mentioned in Part 1, our nervous system translates many sources of pain differently depending on the origin (read part 1 here). This is extremely helpful, because it helps us as Chiropractors identify the cause of the pain, so we can address it at the source and eliminate the pain. This is what makes our treatment so unique. Throughout this series we will discuss different types of pain and how we treat them.

 

Let's take nerve pain for example. If you have never experienced the sharp, shooting, "electric shock" type of pain sometimes accompanied by numbness, burning, or even weakness, consider yourself lucky! Nerve pain typically causes radiating patterns away from the site of irritation, either down the arm,...

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