Sciatica is often a misunderstood problem. It is not a condition. Rather, it is a term that describes nerve pain within the sciatic nerve. Because sciatic nerve pain varies in severity from person to person, finding the right treatment for your pain can be difficult. However, at Injury 2 Health in Lawrenceville, GA, we can develop a treatment plan that is based on your needs and goals.
Take a look at the information below to understand this misunderstood issue.
What Does It Mean to Have Sciatica?
If you have been diagnosed with sciatica, it means that your sciatic nerve has become pinched or compressed. The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body that branches off of the spinal cord and extends to the back of the legs. The compression of the nerve results in radiating pain, which can vary in severity.
What Causes Sciatica?
A number of factors can cause radiating pain along the sciatic nerve. You can get sciatica when you are older, an injury such as falling or moving heavy objects, or from a health condition like diabetes, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.
What Does Sciatica Feel Like?
A sharp pain or a burning sensation may occur throughout the sciatic nerve. Numbness, tingling, or weakness may also be present. Some people will feel a heaviness sensation in one leg. Pain can be felt more after sitting, standing up, bending, or lying down.
When Should I See a Chiropractor for Sciatica?
Early consultation with a chiropractor can help identify the source of your sciatic nerve pain so that a treatment plan can be developed to reduce episodes and severity of it.
What Kinds of Treatments Are Used to Relieve Sciatica?
There are many chiropractic treatments that can ease sciatica symptoms. A few to mention are:
- Spinal manipulation to improve alignment, take the pressure off of nerves and reduce pain and frequency
- Massage to stimulate the healing responses in the body and relieve tension near the pinched or compressed nerve
- Corrective exercise to strengthen the spine and muscles, encourage nutrients to the spine to start the healing process, and prevent flare-ups in the future
- Ultrasound therapy to increase blood flow in the area that the pain is occurring and reduce pain and inflammation
Where Do I Get Help for Sciatica Today?
There is no reason to let sciatica keeping you from your daily life. Our chiropractor at Injury 2 Health in the Lawrenceville, GA, area is ready to conduct a comprehensive examination to find the root cause of your pain and help you address them with a variety of treatment methods. Call (770) 962-8737 to schedule an appointment.