Sciatic Nerve Pain: What’s That Shooting Pain?

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Sciatica symptoms. Whether you’re an athlete, pregnant, or the everyday Joe or Jane, sciatic nerve pain visits so many people that it’s not uncommon to hear about such complaints on a daily basis. If you’re not sure if you have sciatica issues, there’s one symptom that instantly registers with any client suffering with sciatic pain, and that’s “that shooting pain!”

That shooting pain that radiates from your back, to your hip and down through your leg is that evil nemesis called “sciatica pain.”

Sciatica Symptoms: Pinched Nerve In Lover Back

Before we dive into a list of sciatica issues and symptoms, let’s clarify exactly what this pain is!

If some issue in your spine affects your sciatic nerve—compression of the root…a pinched nerve in your lower back…this creates leg pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve and downwards.  It can even go so far as to reach your foot, and typically, the pain stays on one side of the body. The fact is the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body so it’s not surprising that it’s “pain reach” would span from your back to your foot…or that it’s such a common complaint.

Here is a list of symptoms of sciatic nerve pain:

  • Pain in your rear or leg that feels worse when you sit
  • Weakness or numbness in your leg or foot
  • Leg pain like a burning or tingling down the leg
  • Pain on one side of your rear
  • Shooting pains making standing difficult
  • Pain that shoots to your foot

Now that we’ve dived into the symptoms of Sciatica, if you’re wondering how to relieve sciatica pain that won’t require harsh drugs or surgery, there are more ways than you may think! Often, when people have back injuries, they begin to rely on painkillers or NSAID’s, which have issues and side effects of their own. Living reliant on any medication has consequences and yet, who wants to live with chronic sciatica or any back pain? No one does! But there are ways to relieve sciatica pain that are more holistic in nature.

How to Relieve Sciatica Pain Holistically

If you’re looking for a treatment for sciatica that is more holistic rather than relying on harsh drugs or surgeries, here are some suggestions that will help:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Stem cell therapy
  • And more! 

If you’re wondering how you can even get started trying a more holistic route to heal your sciatica issues, the first step is deciding that you’d like to take a different route to care—a wellness route, rather than a disaster route! Our healthcare system has often focused on treating “disasters” rather than preventative care. Seeing a wellness practice will change that! A wellness practice will help you target your sciatic stress using one of the many things listed above, as well as help yourself in optimal health from head to toe so perhaps, you can avoid the same issue again! Or at the very least, nip it in the bud before it becomes worse.

Stop living with sciatica pain and stop relying on painkillers or NSAID’s. There is indeed, a better answer. You can feel better in a more holistic way. Reach out to your local wellness practice for a consultation today!