The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and runs from your lower back to your feet. Sciatica refers to pain in one or both of your legs caused by inflammation of your sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a common problem for many Americans; therefore, there is a lot of information and misinformation out there about it. Here, we debunk some common myths about sciatica inflammation.

MYTH: Sciatica is a disease.

Sciatica is actually a symptom, not a medical condition. Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, or tingling in areas along the sciatic nerve; however, in itself it is not a diagnosis. Sciatica is caused by spinal or lower back conditions which result in the sciatic nerve becoming compressed. When you experience sciatica, your Jacksonville chiropractor will help diagnose the precise cause of this symptom in order to relieve your pain.

MYTH: When you have sciatica, you should avoid physical activity.

If your pain is very severe, rest is a good idea for a couple of days. However, exercise can actually provide relief from sciatica inflammation. The longer you go without exercising, the weaker your core muscles become. A strong core is the key to spine support. Be sure to exercise at least three times a week, and consider incorporating stretching into your routine as well, as tight back muscles can aggravate your sciatica.

MYTH: If you have sciatica, you have to have surgery.

There are ways to relieve sciatica without surgery. Your Jacksonville Chiropractor at Schilsky Chiropractic can help you identify the source of your sciatica, and make spinal adjustments.

When you experience sciatica, Schilsky Chiropractic can help. Contact us and we will help diagnose the source of your pain, and find a way to relieve it. Schedule your appointment today.