Is Your Job Causing Your Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain is commonly associated with pain in the low back that extends or shoots into the back of your thigh. It can be extremely discomforting and difficult to manage. At times it can seem impossible to escape, as standing for extended periods can worsen your pain, and sitting doesn’t make it better either. What you are experiencing is the sciatic nerve is being pinched due to spinal degeneration, misalignment, or bulging and herniated discs.
The team at Maragal Medical specializes in a holistic approach to relieving your sciatic pain. We don’t want to temporarily relieve the pain, we want to correct the source of your pain along with any underlying contributing conditions. We offer a range of therapies that utilize cutting edge technology paired with research-backed physiatrics.
How Your Job Affects Your Spine
This 2015 study conducted by the National Institute of Health outlines the most research occupational hazards that can lead to sciatic and low back pain. Those hazards are jobs where you are required to repeatedly do heavy lifting, extended periods of driving, and vibration of the whole body are linked to occupational back pain.
Essentially, any time you put pressure on your spine, either by carrying extra weight or improperly bearing your own weight, you are putting yourself at risk for back pain. We often sacrifice safe lifting form when we start to get tired from repeated lifting and that is when an injury can happen. Driving is slightly different, as it is more attributed to the fact that humans aren’t meant to be seated for extended periods, especially not in modern chairs where we tend to lean forward or compromise our lumbar position. Below is a list of occupations that could be at an increased risk of sciatic or low pain:
- Professional mover
- Construction Worker/ labourer
- Truck/Taxi driver
- Machine operator (excess vibration)
- Desk job
Any job where you are constantly putting your back in a position that compromises proper spine posture will lead to improper wear and tear and eventually back pain. Some workplaces have made efforts to provide chairs with ergonomic lumbar support, and while that is helpful, you still need to maintain proper posture to avoid back problems.
Symptoms of Sciatica Pain
Sciatic pain can be overwhelming and can severely impede your mobility. Left untreated, it will continue to cause paralyzing pain that will only diminish your quality of life. If you think you might be experiencing sciatic pain, seek treatment as soon as possible so that you can begin treating the condition and relieve your pain. The most common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg
- Muscle weakness in your leg
- Numbness/tingling in your leg
- Chronic pain around the mid-buttock area
- Pain when bending
- Pain subsides when you lay down
- Trouble controlling your bowels or bladder
The team at Maragal Medical approach the treatment of sciatica differently than conventional medical doctors. Instead of treating only the symptoms of this condition, they take a holistic approach. The goal of treatment isn’t only to relieve your pain, but also to resolve the underlying issues that led to your sciatica in the first place. By treating the issue at its source, you greatly reduce the chances of pain resurfacing in a few week’s time.
Some of the different treatments recommended by the team at Maragal Medical may include:
- Chiropractic care for re-alignment of your spine
- Physiotherapy services, such as massage therapy, ultrasound, Interferential electrical muscle stimulation, and lumbar decompression
- Corrective exercises to improve the effectiveness of spinal correction services
- Lifestyle coaching to correct risky behavior
Fix Your Sciatic Pain at the Source!
The professionals at Maragal Medical have years of experience in diagnosing and administering therapy for sciatic pain. You can trust the experts at Maragal to locate the source of your pain and recommend the appropriate action to fix the issue with a holistic approach, relieving your pain, and correcting the underlying conditions. Don’t suffer from sciatic pain, let us restore your quality of life!