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Dr. Craig Mattox is a chiropractor in St. Joseph, MO who has met hundreds of people struggling with the painful and often debilitating effects of sciatica. Understanding this condition can help you or your loved one manage it more effectively.
Nerves leave the spinal cord and travel to all parts of the body. If a nerve or nerve root becomes compressed by something (such as a herniated disc, a narrowed joint space, muscle, or bone spur), then nerve injury and inflammation can occur. This is what happens in sciatica—impingement of the sciatic nerve, which happens to be the largest nerve in your body.
Slip and fall injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, or even pregnancy can lead to sciatica, but sometimes it's not always clear why it develops.
People who stand for long periods of time (e.g., nurses), people with physically demanding jobs (e.g., manual laborers), or even people with sedentary desk jobs or overweight/obesity problems may be more at risk for developing sciatica. Men between the ages of 30 to 50 are common sufferers. Since cigarette smoking increases bodily inflammation, this habit may also contribute to sciatica.
Symptoms of sciatica can vary, but they generally include some or all of the following:
Our chiropractor in St. Joseph, MO has much to offer people living with sciatica. Beneficial and drug-free services may include:
If you live near St. Joseph, MO and are looking for a chiropractor who can help you manage sciatica, contact St. Joseph Chiropractic today at 816-279-0700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mattox.