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Sciatica and Low Back Pain

April 23, 2014 by

Flickr: Taran Rampersad - Used under CC License 2.0 Generic What is sciatica?

The longest nerve that we have runs down our lower back and into our upper leg. It is responsible for sensation in our legs and feet, and controls muscle motion in our lower leg. The sciatic nerve can be affected by injury or general wear and tear as we get older.

Generally symptoms consist of pain on one side of the lower back/buttocks, numbness or tingling in the lower back or legs, and can extend down to the foot and toes. 

What is low back pain?

The lower back is a complex structure made up of bones, ligaments, muscles, and joints. Injury, wear and tear, or strain on any of these components can lead to persistent pain, or pain during activity. Wear and tear can be accelerated due to incorrect or poor posture, or weight distribution due to obesity or pregnancy. 

Symptoms can be identified as muscle spasms and stiffness, pain in your lower back, and pain brought on by specific movements.

How we can help.

If you come exhibiting any of these symptoms, Dr. Benton will perform a complimentary exam to identify the cause of your problem areas, and then determine whether chiropractic care is the correct course for getting you back to total wellness. Dr. Benton specializes in various treatments and techniques and can help refer you to other specialists if he finds chiropractic isn't what you need!

Prevention:

The American Chiropractic Association lists the following as ways to prevent low-back pain - 

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.

 

 

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