Sciatica Pain

How To Relieve Sciatica Pain

Have you ever experienced sciatica pain so painful that you immediately found yourself on a search engine looking for a “chiropractor near me”? If so, and you live in or around Plymouth, MI, contact our friendly experts at REACH Rehab + Chiropractic.

Our team can help you overcome your pain and provide sciatica treatment that reduces the risk of that pain reoccurring. However, before visiting us for treatment, are you sure that the pain in your back is from sciatica?

To help you avoid a wrong self-diagnosis, let’s look at what sciatica is and how to relieve it at home before contacting a medical expert.

What Is Sciatica 

Sciatica is pain or numbness/tingling that comes from the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve consists of nerve roots originating from your lower spine. These nerve roots travel down your hips and spread down each leg. Sciatica occurs when one or more of these nerve roots becomes pinched, compressed, or irritated.

The pinching or compression may be due to tight muscles or a stuck joint. Poor posture, too much bending or sitting, or putting sudden or extreme strain on your lower back can lead to this.

Acute sciatica cases may last for up to six weeks, while chronic cases may last for over three months.

You should seek care if it gets worse rather than better. Advanced medical treatment can be crucial if you experience the following alongside the pain:

Continued leg weakness and numbness
Bladder dysfunction
Sudden weight loss