Sciatica is a distracting and sometimes debilitating pain that begins in the lower back and extends down one or both legs. It typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing. It can sometimes present with numbness or tingling down the leg as well.
When it comes to sciatica, typically the discs between the spinal bones of the lower back are often involved.
Trauma can create a subluxation, or misalignment, in the low back causing one or more discs to bulge. The lower portion of the spine (lumbar spine) houses the nerves that control the low back, legs, lower digestive system, reproductive system, and more. When the discs begin to bulge, they crowd nearby nerves, causing irritation and inflammation. Coughing, sneezing or other kinds of movement can be painful. If neglected, the nerve irritation extends down one or both legs along the sciatic nerves.
The pain appears in the leg, but the culprit is often the lower back!
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Chiropractic Can Help
Fortunately, improving spinal function in the lower back with chiropractic adjustments has produced many positive results in our patients. By using our state of the art technology and X-rays, we can address the root cause of your sciatica so you can get back to living the life you deserve.
It all starts with a consultation and thorough examination. If we think we can help, we'll tell you. And if we don't think we can help, we'll tell you that too and refer you to someone we think can. Get started today.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you get sciatica?
- It's easy to trace some spinal problems to an event, such as a car accident. Yet, sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes sets the stage. Then, something simple like bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode. Spinal decay can be another culprit. Instead of disc thinning that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, arthritic bone spurs can intrude into the space normally reserved for the nerve.
Can chiropractic cure sciatica?
- Every individual and case is unique. The chiropractic approach to sciatica (and other health problems) is to help restore the way your spine works, reducing nerve irritation and revitalizing your own healing ability.
How much chiropractic care will be needed?
- Most sciatica [client]s are delighted with the results they get after weeks or months of care. Naturally, this varies from [client] to [client]. After a relapse or two, many discover that years of neglect have produced spinal instabilities that never fully heal. These clients elect to continue with periodic chiropractic checkups. It's up to you.
What if I don't remember any 'trauma'?
- This is a common refrain. Because our bodies are unusually adaptive, we can often accommodate a variety of stresses for years. Finally, like the "straw that broke the camel's back," we turn or bend funny and suddenly our spine succumbs to the accumulation of stress.