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Sciatica in Eagan MN

Do you have sciatica in Eagan, MN? Sciatica can be extremely frustrating and painful. Sciatic pain can be anything from a small discomfort in a person's leg, tingling or numbness, to a severe, sharp shooting pain. The pain typically only affects one leg at a time and can vary in location from the low back to the foot. As the condition progresses, symptoms will usually intensify.

Sciatica Facts

Here are some facts about Sciatica:

  • The Sciatic Nerve is the long and widest nerve in the entire body running from the lower spine all the way down to the lower leg.
  • Sciatica usually starts out as lower back pain. Over time, what seems like a small problem can transform into a big problem. Sufferers eventually notice numbness in their buttocks or leg
  • Sciatica typcially only affects one side of the body
  • In rare cases, permanent nerve damage can occur, but more commonly it is reversible
  • Sciatica typcially only affects one side of the body
  • The Sciatic Nerve can be pinched at the spine or where the nerve passes through a muscle in the buttock called the piriformis muscle.
  • Many people have seen Sciatic pain relief through chiropractic
Causes of Sciatica

There are many things that can cause sciatica. A majority of the time sciatica is caused by a misalignment in the spine. A more severe misalignment would be a disc herniation. A disc herniation is when a disk deveops a tear or crack and bulges into the spinal canal. There are some cases where sciatica is caused by a muscle impairment.

What Can I Do to Correct and Avoid Sciatica?

Here are a few things you can do immediately:

  • If you work at a desk all day, take a break every hour of the day to stand and move around
  • Get a high quality, firm bed and pillow that fits the curvature of your body
  • Get a sit-stand workstation if you can afford one, or if your work can invest in one for you
  • Stretching/Yoga
  • Icing the painful area to reduce swelling

While all these tips will help you maintain proper alignment in your spine, the only true, proven way to correct misalignments in your spine is to be checked and adjusted by a chiropractor. Here at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, we are spine experts and know exactly how to find the misalignments in your spine and the root cause of sciatica. No two people are alike so your individual care plan will address your unique issues and will lead you back to optimal health. We look forward to getting started with you!

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