Chiropractor Smyrna TN - Beel Chiropractic Center, Dr. RJ Beel, D.C.
Dr. RJ Beel, D.C.


Sciatic Nerve Pain

Does Sciatic Pain Have To Be A Real Pain In Your Buttocks?

As a practicing Chiropractor I see several patients each year who walk into my office suffering from Sciatic pain. Some of these patients have been previously diagnosed with this condition, while others have no idea what is causing this terrible pain in the lower back, buttocks and the back of their legs.

Unless you have suffered from Sciatica, you can’t imagine how devastating this painful condition can be, or how much it can affect your day to day life.

Having a clear understanding of what Sciatica is, and being able to recognize the symptoms and treatment options that are available will help you to make a better informed decision of what treatment or treatments are best for you.

What is Sciatica?

The Sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It emerges from the sacral part of the spinal cord runs from the lower back into the buttocks and down the backside of the legs. Sciatica is any condition that affects the Sciatic nerve causing pain and discomfort. While many sufferers refer to sciatic back pain, the truth is while sufferers may feel pain in one or the other side of their lower back, they can also feel pain in their buttocks and the backs of their legs. Often times the pain is worse when sitting, or make it difficult for people to stand up after they have been sitting. Sciatic nerve pain may either be acute or chronic.

Acute Sciatic nerve pain is usually intermittent and tends to come and go. A person suffering from acute sciatic pain, may experience sharp or burning pain when sitting for long periods or when they attempt to stand after they have been sitting. This pain may last for a few minutes to a couple of days and then go away only to return time after time.

Chronic Sciatic nerve pain, is pain that never goes completely away. While it may lessen or increase depending on the activity it is always there and patient with chronic Sciatica can only imagine or vaguely recall what a day without pain was like.

In either case, sufferers want nothing more than to find Sciatica pain relief, so they can get on with life and do those simple things that everyone else takes for granted.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Not everyone experiences Sciatica pain in exactly the same way. The symptoms a sufferer will have will depend a great deal on just what part of the Sciatic nerve is affected. However, common symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Pain in the lower back that seems to travel down one side of the buttocks and into the back of the leg(s).
  • Pain in your buttock or leg that seems to get worse when you sit.
  • Burning or tingling down the leg (Can also be a burning sensation in the back and buttocks)
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty in moving leg or foot
  • Constant pain in one side or the other of the buttocks
  • Difficulty when standing up sometimes accompanied by shooting or burning pain.
  • Pain seems to increase when sitting or standing for long periods time.
  • In some people the pain worsens briefly when coughing, laughing, bending backwards or having a hard bowel movement.

Effects of Sciatica on Daily Life

Like any disease or condition Sciatica can have a huge effect on a persons daily life. People with this condition who work in an environment that requires sitting or standing for long periods often find working unbearable and end up missing work and in some cases losing their jobs due to absenteeism.

The constant pain can also affect your mood leading to irritability, moodiness, and even depression. Many Sciatica pain sufferers state they feel isolated from family events and frustrated with their inability to take part in simple activities. Even something as simple as watching a movie can be extremely uncomfortable for someone with Sciatica.

To make matters worse family and friends often don’t understand just how painful this condition can be and find themselves being impatient with someone with Sciatica feeling they should “Just suck it up and get on with the business of living.”

Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment Options

Most often Sciatica is caused when the Sciatic nerve root becomes pinched, often by a herniated disc. At one time the traditional treatment for Sciatica was to rest in bed until the Sciatic nerve pain went away and take either over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory to help reduce swelling and relieve pain. In more recent years, studies have shown that too much rest can actually make the Sciatic pain worse and other alternative treatments are now being recommended.

In most cases treatment begins by visiting your medical professional and getting a diagnosis as to the direct cause of your Sciatica. Sciatica can be due to a number of things and knowing the exact cause will help you and your doctor choose the right treatment option for you. Treatment options may run the gambit from hot and cold compresses to reduce swelling and ease pain, to surgery depending on what is causing your Sciatic nerve to become pinched. In many cases your Sciatica may be due to a structural problem such a misalignment of your spine, in this type of case Chiropractic treatment is often your best option.

Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatic pain

Once it is determined the cause of your Sciatic pain is structural in nature your Chiropractor will probably suggest a combination of Chiropractic visits and at home treatments to relieve your pain and help prevent or at least reduce further flare-ups.

Spinal manipulation will probably be at the heart of your Chiropractic treatment as this will help to align your spine and help release the pressure on your Sciatic nerve. He may also recommend using cold and hot compresses when you first begin to feel the onset of a painful flare-up.

He may also recommend that you get a massage to help relieve the tense muscles in your back and buttocks, and torso strengthening exercises or simple walking.

He many also suggest that you a see a physical therapist which will help you with an exercise regime and perhaps even introduce to an inversion table which will help to stretch your spine and reduce the pressure on your Sciatic nerve.

Understanding the cause of your Sciatic pain and finding the right treatment that works for you can reduce or eliminate that Sciatic pain and let you live that normal productive life you have dreaming about.

Sciatic pain shouldn’t be ignored. It would be our priviledge to help you find relief. Please consider calling our office at 615-355-6186 to schedule a diagnostic appointment.


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