I’ve Got This Pain in My Lower Back and Leg, Could It Be Sciatica? What you need to know about sciatica
If you’ve experienced pain in your lower back and down one leg, it could be from compression of your sciatic nerve, a condition commonly called sciatica. Sciatica typically affects one side of the body and can result from a herniated or damaged disc or bone spur which presses on the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica pain can vary from person to person. Most sciatica patients experience pain that runs from your lower back, down your buttock and lower leg. The pain can be a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain, and can be similar to an electric shock sensation. Some sciatica patients also have tingling and a feeling of numbness in the affected leg.
If you think you might be suffering from sciatica, you need to seek help from a professional. Dr. Jason Miller, your chiropractic specialist in Attleboro, Massachusetts can help.
There are certain risk factors for sciatica. You could be at increased risk if you:
- Have excess weight- this causes stress on your spine
- Have an occupation where you sit in one position for long periods
- Are older- age-related spinal changes are a major cause of sciatica
- Have a job where you lift heavy objects or twist frequently
- Have diabetes- increasing your risk of nerve damage
Often, sciatica pain resolves on its own, without further complications. To relieve sciatic pain, you can try remedies at home including:
- Hot and cold packs
- Taking over-the-counter medications
If you have tried self-care and are still experiencing pain after a few days, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Jason Miller, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, your specialist in the treatment of sciatica pain. Dr. Miller may perform some tests and take X-Rays in order to determine the underlying cause of your pain. Sciatica pain can be debilitating, keeping you from doing the things you love, so don’t wait, call today and feel better.