Sciatica a very real and very common health problem today – yet so many people who suffer from it are unware of what the problem actually is, or what treatment options actually exist. The sciatic nerve, as you may already know, is the largest nerve in the human body. It originates in the lower back, also known as the lumbar spine, and extends down the back of both legs.
When there are misalignments or imbalances in the lumbar spine, either due to acute injury or long-term stress, the sciatic nerve can be pinched or put under pressure. This results in the condition known as sciatica. Common symptoms include pain and tingling in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. Because sciatic pain often occurs in the legs, people are often unaware that the problem is originating in the lower back.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to sciatica. The bad news is that the problem, if left untreated, can definitely worsen over time. The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from sciatic are able to make a full recovery without invasive surgery or pharmaceutical drugs. Chiropractic treatment and lifestyle changes (such as improved posture) offer a natural and effective path to relief in many cases.
But let’s take a moment to discuss what happens if someone who suffers from sciatic does not seek treatment.
1. Worsening pain
The pain from sciatica isn’t always severe, but it often gets worse over time if the condition is left untreated. There is a danger here that pain-relieving methods, especially pharmaceuticals, will lose their potency and effectiveness, thereby forcing you to
2. Nerve damage and numbness
Over time, sciatica can cause permanent or long-term nerve damage. This can result in chronic numbness, tingling, loss of feeling, or pain. This happens most often when the patient is aware of a problem for a very long time, but for whatever reason, does not seek treatment. The sooner you seek treatment for sciatica, the better your chances of making a full and complete recovery without any recurring or long-term effects.
3. Bladder issues
It is uncommon to have bladder issues as a result of untreated sciatica, but bladder control is linked to the health of the spinal column, and when the spine is compromised over time due to the effects of sciatica, bladder issues can develop.
Treating sciatica with the highest level of skill and care
Sciatica is a condition that can sneak up on people, or it can appear suddenly. There are a wide range of symptoms and levels of severity, but the source of sciatica can be treated through chiropractic care and lifestyle adjustments. Once your sciatica has cleared up, it’s important to avoid things (such as poor posture) that you think may have led to the condition in the first place. A good chiropractor will not only treat the site of the problem with specific spinal adjustments, but can also help you come up with a long-term plan of self-care that will keep you sciatica free in the future.