Sciatica differs from usual back or leg pain and muscle soreness. It is a sharp nerve pain with a feeling of numbness and tingling down the nerve.
This problem won’t be gone by itself. There must be a therapy. If not, the symptoms will progress. Can you believe that some people wait for years before they seek the treatment?
There are few common mistakes that can provoke sciatica. Make sure you take it into consideration.
Wearing High Heels
This mistake may seem silly, but it’s often the thing that provokes sciatica. This fashion accessory disrupts the natural curve of the spine and all the weight of your body goes forward. This is stressful for your lower back, and there comes the sciatica problem.
The best would be not to wear high heels at all. This may seem like a hard choice for some ladies. But, the health is more important than the looks, right?
Buy yourself a nice, comfortable pair of shoes! If you still want to wear heels sometimes, may they not surpass the height of two inches. Also, they should not fit too tightly.
The Same Exercise Patterns
The next thing that may provoke your sciatica symptoms is the same exercise routine.
Yes, exercise is recommended for people with sciatica, because it brings oxygen and healing nutrients to your lower back. But, if prior to your sciatica symptoms you were doing the same workout over and over again, this may actually be the cause of your sciatica.
For instance, being a runner for your whole life is a great thing, but unfortunately, running strikes your spine and can squeeze the root of the sciatic nerve.
After the Symptoms of Sciatica Occur
The two mistakes that most people do when sciatica problems arise is waiting and taking pain medications.
As we said, your pain won’t go away by itself! It’s important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
If it turns out you have sciatica, seek a trained professional to help you. He/she will make a specific plan just for you and your needs.
2. Pain Medications
You should not rely on medication alone. The painkillers deal only with the symptoms, but they are not touching the very cause of sciatica.
If the doctor gives you medication, and neglects to give you a specific plan for your treatment, you should do something about it.
A physical therapist should search for muscle imbalances. Then he/she can make an exercise plan to deal with these imbalances. You may want to see a chiropractor also to help with the spinal alignment. And massage therapists can help with both of these issues.
At Spine Consult NJ, we’re combining modern interventions with traditional orthopedic practice. We bring patients individualized support, from diagnosis, through treatment, to full recovery.
If you’re suffering from sciatica, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.