Sciatica plagues many people in our society, both young and old. The pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness that come with sciatica be a source of constant frustration and diminished quality of life. Many people complain of lower back pain and pins and needles sensations in their legs, but are unaware that they are suffering from sciatic nerve pain. If you're looking for information about the condition, you'll want to know these five facts.
- The sciatic nerve is the single longest and widest nerve in the entire body. It runs from the lower back region, through the buttocks, all the way down to the lower leg. It also accounts for the most nerve activity in those regions. This is what, in part, makes sciatica such a difficult and painful experience.
- The most common first complaint of those with sciatica is that of lower back pain. Many people with developing sciatica will think they only have some lower back pain, and will simply continue on their day, ignoring the pain. Eventually, sufferers will notice numbness in their buttocks or leg.
- Sciatica typically only affects one side of the body. Patients will experience leg symptoms in one leg with more intense lower back pain on the same side of the body.
- The causes of sciatica are numerous. Many people associate sciatica with the aging process, but a weakening of the body is only one possible cause. Pregnancy, disc herniation, excess weight, and even keeping a large wallet in your back pocket can all cause sciatica. Be sure to check in with your doctor and Noblesville chiropractor to find the cause of your sciatica.
- The best way to prevent sciatica is to remain active and eat healthy. Poor food choices will weaken your body, while eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats will ensure better nutrition. Exercise will strengthen you, reducing your risk of sciatica. Noblesville chiropractor Dr. Dahlager is trained in using nutritional counseling and exercise therapies to help patients prevent sciatic nerve pain.