Prevent Sciatica from Returning

If you’ve experienced the pain and limitations of sciatica, it’s understandable that you’ll want to do everything it takes to prevent the condition from recurring. Though there are no guarantees, there are a few preventive steps you can take that will go a long way toward safeguarding you against this debilitating low back problem.

At Mass Ave. Chiropractic located in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Joe Kielur understands the complex structure that makes up the human musculoskeletal system. Since we take a holistic and preventive approach to medicine and healing, we’re able to provide our Indianapolis area patients with the tools they need for long-term health.

If you’re among the 40% of adults in the U.S. who’ve experienced sciatica, here are some tips that will help keep low back problems at bay.

Debunking sciatica

Before we get into prevention, we want to spend a moment reviewing what sciatica is and how it develops. The first thing you should understand about sciatica is that it isn’t a condition, but a symptom of something amiss in your low back

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, which starts in your low back and branches out to travel down the backs of both your legs to your feet. When something compromises the nerve root in your low back, it leads to pain and/or numbness and tingling that can radiate down one of your legs.

A number of problems can irritate this large nerve root, including:

Anyone of these conditions can lead to sciatica, which means that proper prevention depends upon addressing the underlying problem.

The first round

One of the best ways to prevent sciatica from making a most unwelcome reappearance is to find a sustainable solution during your first round with the painful condition. At our practice, we believe in ditching the remedies that simply mask the problem, such as prescription medications, in favor of solutions that will serve you well long into the future.

Through a comprehensive and multi-pronged approach, we work toward mitigating the underlying condition by bringing several treatment protocols to your sciatica, including:

Our goal is to address your immediate discomfort and then set you up with a few tools that will protect you down the road.

Your prevention toolkit

One of the best things you can do to prevent sciatica from recurring is to keep up with your regular chiropractic adjustments with us. Your spine works best when it’s properly aligned, allowing the different components to work together smoothly and your resources to flow freely. Through our adjustments, we correct any misalignments we find long before they can cause painful problems like sciatica.

You can do your part to prevent sciatica by continuing to exercise your back for better strength and flexibility. Your back relies on many different players to help in its enormous role as the foundation of your support, so make sure those players (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) are pulling their weight.

If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, you should make sure you get up and stretch and move around at least once an hour. Your back isn’t meant to be scrunched into an office chair for hours on end, so make sure you give it frequent breaks.

While we’re on the subject, as you’re sitting, pay close attention to your posture. Sit up straight, keep both feet on the floor, and keep your head up. To accomplish these things, make sure your chair has the proper lumbar support that encourages good posture and raises your computer screen so that it’s straight in front of you.

To learn more about preventing or managing sciatica, call our office or use our online scheduling tool to request a consultation.

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