Understanding Sciatica - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
If you're experiencing pain that starts at the lower part of your back and continues through your hips, buttocks and back part of your leg, you may have sciatica. Sciatica occurs when a bone spur or herniated disc pinches a spinal nerve in the lower part of your back, causing inflammation and pain. If sciatic pain is disrupting your life, a visit to your Sacramento chiropractor could help. At The Healing Touch Chiropractic, we offer holistic sciatica treatment that will enable you to move forward with your life.
Sciatica pain and discomfort can often be traced along the sciatic nerve from your lower back to your buttock and down your thigh and calf on one side of your body. You may feel mild or excruciating pain, depending on the severity of your condition. Some people experience muscle weakness or numbness in their foot or leg as well. Sitting for long periods of time can aggravate your pain. Sometimes sneezing or coughing can trigger jolts of pain down your spine.
Sciatica is an age-related condition generally triggered by degenerative changes to your spine, such as bone spurs, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. Other factors that increase your risk of this condition include:
Obesity - due to excess weight putting extra stress on your spine
Your Profession – jobs that require heavy lifting or prolonged sitting may lead to people developing sciatica
Diabetes – changes in blood sugar levels may make you more prone to nerve damage
Chiropractic care is designed to work with your body’s natural healing process to help reduce pain and discomfort from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. In the case of sciatica, your Sacramento chiropractor will thoroughly examine your condition, determine the cause of your pain, and customize a treatment plan to suit your specific needs. Your sciatica treatment plan may include a combination of chiropractic techniques and therapies to achieve pain relief.
Some tried and proven chiropractic methods for treating sciatica include:
Ultrasound therapy: to improve blood flow and reduce cramping, stiffness and pain
Ice treatment: to minimize inflammation and control pain
TENS unit (portable muscle stimulating machine): to control pain, reduce muscle spasms, and alleviate stiffness
Spinal adjustments (manipulation): to realign imbalanced vertebrae in your spine and restore balance to your system
Spinal adjustments are key components of chiropractic care. Through spinal manipulation, we can correct misalignment problems that are causing pain and limiting your mobility. By combining adjustments with massage therapy, physiotherapy, and other natural remedies, we can help expedite your recovery.
See Your Sacramento Chiropractor for Sciatica Treatment
To learn more about sciatica treatment, contact us at The Healing Touch Chiropractic, Sacramento, by calling 916-447-3344 today.