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Posted on 08-17-2017

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Sciatica

What is sciatica and what causes it?

Sciatica is a severe pain radiating along the sciatic nerve. It can begin in the lower back or buttocks, and travel down the back of a leg, and at times, all the way down to the foot. This pain can be constant or sharp, and oftentimes intensifies when sitting. Sciatica pain has been described as burning, tingling and searing. Other symptoms include numbness or weakness of a leg. Typically, sciatica affects one side of the body, primarily one leg.

Individuals nerve roots in the body branch out from the spine, combining as the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back through the back of each leg, and then breaks off to reach thighs, calves, feet and toes. The sciatic nerve represents the largest nerve in the human body. Sciatica results when this nerve experiences pressure or irritation.

What are some common causes of sciatic nerve compression or irritation?
  • →Trauma
  • →Spinal Tumor
  • →Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
  • →Degenerate Disk Disease
  • →Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • →Pregnancy
  • →Lumbar Herniated Disk
  • →Piriformis Syndrome
  • →Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
  • →Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

How can sciatica be treated?

Chiropractic care is a very effective way to help easy sciatica pain. It uses techniques that realign and adjust the spine to release the pressure or the pinched nerve which is causing pain, numbness and weakness in the lower body. Treating sciatica requires frequent visits to a chiropractic office – whenever the pain arises again. A method to ease pain before a chiropractic appointment is to apply heat and cold to the affected area to loosen up the muscle and decompress the nerve.

If you suffer from sciatica, give our office a call at (770) 800-1000 today to set up your first appointment. For more information on sciatica, or any other chiropractic needs, please visit our website at http://injurywellnessspecialists.com/, and make sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on exclusive offers and deals.

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