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A patient with sciatica seeing a doctor for the first time

When is the Best Time to See a Doctor for Sciatica Treatment?

If you’re not sure when to see a doctor for sciatica, you’re not alone. Sciatica affects 40% of Americans at some point in their lives.

The most common patients are 35-55 years old. Younger people are less likely to have it unless another injury has caused it. This condition is totally treatable, though the duration of treatment depends on many factors.

When chiropractors start treating sciatica patients, many patients improve by 50% in the first four weeks. Patients improve by another 50% at the end of eight weeks. Some cases can take as long as a year to improve, and some patients never return to 100%.

In this overview of the symptoms and causes of sciatica, we hope to educate you about why you should seek a medical professional for your sciatica as soon as possible. Sciatica is a serious problem that has caused thousands to develop opioid addictions. It has left thousands more unable to work, many of whom must go on disability. Some might even opt for spinal surgery (which doesn’t always help). Here’s why it’s crucial to get conservative, professional help immediately!

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A physician determines whether a patient has sciatica or peripheral neuropathy

How Can I Tell Whether I Have Sciatica or Peripheral Neuropathy

The symptoms of sciatica or peripheral neuropathy are easy to confuse. Both conditions cause pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet. The impact on your strength and balance may also make falls more likely.

Sciatica and peripheral neuropathy are two of the more challenging conditions treated at Algonquin Chiropractic Center. Both will have a profoundly negative impact on your lifestyle and simple activities like getting up in the morning, rolling in bed, sitting, bending, lifting, walking and shopping. All will be difficult if not impossible.

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A chiropractor performs the best treatment for sciatica

Looking for the Best Treatment for Sciatica? See a Chiropractor!

If you have low back pain and hip pain with numbness, or tingling down the back of your leg, sciatica could be the cause.

The pain can be excruciating, and you would probably do anything to make it go away when the pain is at its worst.

Fortunately, the best treatment for sciatica is as close as your chiropractor’s office. Surgery is not usually needed.

Before we get into treatment, let’s look at how sciatica happens.

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Woman doing a sciatica stretch for pain relief

Top 3 Most Effective Sciatic Nerve Stretches for Pain Relief

Apart from the spinal cord, the sciatic nerve is among the biggest in the human body, running from the lower back through the buttocks to the feet.

Spinal aging, trauma, repetitive physical tasks, falls, congenital spinal conditions and other factors can cause this nerve to take a beating. In particular, excess activity can increase pressure on lumbar spinal discs enough for them to rupture or herniate.

The usual cause of sciatic leg pain, numbness and weakness is a lumbar spine disc condition in the lower back that puts pressure on the spinal nerve root, which sends messages to your legs and feet.

Sciatica is a product of the resulting damage, which manifests as pain, tingling and potential weakness in the feet, legs, buttocks or low back.

Sciatica is certainly a common ailment. In fact, Hippocrates may have been the one to discover it thousands of years ago. A serious condition, sciatica causes thousands of people to have low back surgery, but as a BlueCross BluleShield study reveals, up to 70% of lumbar surgeries may be unnecessary in contrast against Algonquin Chiropractic Center’s lumbar spine protocols, which yield a 91% success rate!

If you want to relieve your pain, you can get started on several sciatic nerve stretches for pain relief. Along with a medical professional’s help, you can weave the following best stretches and exercises for sciatica pain relief into your daily routine immediately after reading this blog.

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