What Is the Sciatic Nerve? How to Treat It Without Drugs, Injections, or Surgery

What Is the Sciatic Nerve? How to Treat It Without Drugs, Injections, or Surgery

Anyone who currently suffers (or has ever
suffered) from sciatic nerve pain knows what REAL pain feels like. In this quick video, I’m going to go over
what is the sciatic nerve, and give some really effective ways to treat sciatica without risky
drugs, injections, or surgery. Hi everyone, I’m Dr. Rowe. Here at SpineCare Decompression and Chiropractic
Center in St. Joseph MI, we’re great at treating low back and sciatica pain. The majority of my patients actually suffer
from this, so we’ve been able to help a lot of people find long-lasting relief. So let’s dive into “What is the sciatic
nerve?” Sciatic nerve pain affects millions of people. The pain can range from a minor nagging pain
to a debilitating condition. Despite it being a common problem, there’s
still a lot of confusion about exactly what is the sciatic nerve and how to treat it. To help get you up to speed, here is what
you need to know about both the anatomy of your sciatic nerve and the pain associated
with it. Your sciatic nerve is the longest and largest
nerve in your entire body. Its width can be that of your finger at its
widest point. It begins as a bundle of nerve fibers (also
called the nerve roots) in your lower spine. These nerve fibers exit through holes in the
bones at the back of your spine. The sciatic nerve travels through your pelvis
and down the back of your leg. When your sciatic nerve reaches your knee,
it divides into two separate nerves: the Tibial nerve and the Common Peroneal nerve. The Peroneal nerve travels sideways along
the outer part of your knee and then down to your upper foot. The Tibial nerve travels downwards toward
your heel and the sole of your foot. So, why does your sciatic nerve hurt so much? The first thing to know about the pain associated
with your sciatic nerve is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis. Rather, sciatica is a SYMPTOM of an underlying
medical disorder. Sciatica refers not only to symptoms of pain
but also to numbness or weakness felt along your sciatic nerve. The most common disorders that cause these
symptoms may include: degenerative disc disease, a lumbar herniated disc, spinal stenosis,
and piriformis syndrome. In a previous video, I went over the main
causes of sciatica pain. If you’re interested in getting a breakdown
of each, definitely check it out. I’ll leave the link in this video’s description. At SpineCare, we combat sciatic nerve pain
using many treatment methods in our arsenal and sometimes a combination of multiple treatment
techniques. A chiropractic adjustment is the most common
treatment used to relieve irritation to the sciatic nerve caused by misalignments in the
spine or pelvis. For my patients, I recommend using flexion-distraction. It’s a hands-on, traction-based chiropractic
adjustment that helps relieve sciatica without the snap, crack, or popping sensations from
more traditional chiropractic care. For more severe conditions, such as disc herniation,
spinal stenosis, or advanced spinal degeneration, I use Spinal Decompression Therapy. Spinal Decompression uses computer controlled
traction that helps relieve lower back and sciatica pain by taking pressure off the spinal
discs. So those discs that are herniated or bulging
may retract, and be brought off pinched nerves. With thousands of individual sciatica pain
treatments given over the years here at SpineCare, I can confidently say to you that REAL relief
can be experienced, sometimes as early as your very first treatment session. If you’re suffering from low back pain and
sciatica, come talk to us. Give us a call today and see if we can help
you get on the road to recovery. Thanks for watching!

3 Replies to “What Is the Sciatic Nerve? How to Treat It Without Drugs, Injections, or Surgery”

  1. Mine is numbness in the front side of my left leg and the fingers of my left foot… numbness usually occurs when i walk and lasts for about 10 seconds. There is also a pinching sensation on my left buttocks… is this Sciatica?

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