Treating Sciatica Pain With Chiropractic Care
The term sciatica refers to a dysfunction of one of the nerve roots of the spine. When one or more of the nerves that comprise the large sciatic nerves are irritated or pinched, it can cause sharp or severe pain. This pain can travel from the sciatic nerve in the spine’s lumbar region to the buttocks, back of the thighs, and sometimes into the calf and foot.
Leg pain from a pinched nerve is often described as sciatica. You may feel tingling, numbness or weakness that starts in the lower back and travels down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. The location and severity of your symptoms largely depends on where the nerve is pinched. Read below for examples of symptoms based on where the nerve impingement is located.
Sciatica Pain Relief
Chiropractic care gets to the root of your symptoms by addressing the cause. Pills or muscle relaxers cannot correct the nerve compression in your lower back. The best treatment for sciatica pain involves removing the interference through focused chiropractic adjustments. A consultation and thorough evaluation will help to determine your treatment options.
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How Do You Get Sciatica?
Sciatica is typically caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve roots. Before starting treatment, it is important to understand the underlying medical cause of your sciatica symptoms. Some patients may trace their sciatic pain back to an event, like a car accident or fall. But sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage.
The most common causes of sciatica are due to 6 lower back problems:
Also referred to as a slipped disc, ruptured disc, bulging disc, protruding disc, or a pinched nerve.
When a small stress fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward on another.
Degenerative disc disease
When a disc is not getting proper nerve innervation and blood supply, degeneration can occur
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Result of a degenerated disc left untreated or injuries to the disc that did not heal properly.
When the piriformis muscle in your buttock irritates or pinches a nerve root along your sciatic nerve.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Misalignment of the sacroiliac joint located at the bottom of the spine.
Of these conditions, sciatica is most commonly due to a herniated disc or misalignment of the sacroiliac joint. There are also several other conditions that can put pressure on the nerve root and may cause sciatica, including:
Disc wear and tear
Often over the age of 40 and as a result of sports injuries, auto accidents, etc.
Weight gain, a shift on one’s center of gravity, and hormonal changes.
Sitting for long periods
Frequent driving, sitting at the computer, inactivity.
If it compresses the nerve root, it can cause sciatica.
In rare cases.
Frequent lifting or twisting of the spine.
Sciatic Nerve Pain Explained
The main symptom of sciatica is pain that travels from your lower back (lumbar area of your spine) to your buttock, and down the back of your leg. Some patients experience a mild ache, while others describe it as a sharp burning sensation or a severe flash of pain. Sciatica can also cause tingling in your foot or toes, or numbness or muscle weakness along your sciatic nerve and into your leg or foot. In rare cases, sciatica can cause a loss of bladder or bowel control. This does not always require emergency treatment, as we have relieved bladder control issues with chiropractic care.
The intervertebral discs in your spine act as shock absorbers to protect your spine and keep it flexible. If a disc in the lower back or lumbar region of your spine deteriorates or ruptures, some of the contents, or nucleus, of the disc may be expelled and press against the sciatic nerve root. Sneezing, coughing or sitting for long periods may aggravate the condition.
Sciatica symptoms vary depending on the location of the compressed nerve root. For example:
L4 nerve root
You will usually feel sciatica symptoms in the thigh, with weakness in straightening the leg or a diminished knee-jerk reflex.
S1 nerve root
Since sciatica affects the outer part of the foot, pain, numbness or tingling may radiate to the little toes. You may feel weakness when raising your heel off the ground or trying to stand on your tiptoes. There may also be a reduction in the ankle-jerk reflex.
L5 nerve root
Sciatica symptoms may extend to the big toe and ankle, causing pain or numbness on the “web” of skin between the big toe and second toe. This may cause pain, numbness or pins and needles that travels from the buttocks, through the thigh, to the calf and big toe.
Since more than one nerve root may be compressed, patients may experience a combination of the above symptoms. Whatever the cause of your sciatica, we can help to relieve your symptoms with purposeful chiropractic adjustments.
How Chiropractic Relieves Sciatica Pain
We can help alleviate your sciatic pain and even eradicate it completely through natural chiropractic therapy. By getting to the source of the problem, chiropractic care often works far better for sciatica relief than traditional methods. A chiropractic adjustment involves non-invasive, drug-free measures to manage symptoms. Nonsurgical options for treating symptoms are always best.
Every nerve in your body’s central nervous system is connected to your spine. When the pelvic girdle or L4, L5, and S1 vertebrae are misaligned, it causes sacroiliac misalignment or dysfunction. With each adjustment, your chiropractic doctor realigns these specific areas to free any pressure, pinching or misalignment that may be causing your pain. This is like taking the kink out of the garden hose. Once the subluxation is removed, it restores proper spinal alignment and everything flows smoothly. Because there are so many intricate muscles involved in the pelvic girdle, we usually recommend massage therapy and stretching to enhance your treatment.
At Inspire Me, we want you to live to your fullest potential! Schedule a consultation to see if our care is the solution to your sciatic pain. If it is not, we will refer you to the right specialist. If we think we can help, we’ll tell you how. Your care plan will be tailored to your specific condition and may include a combination of massage therapy, stretches or exercises, and spinal adjustments.