Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Sciatica can cause serious and persistent nerve pain that originates in the spine and typically extends down the back of the leg. For many, the pain from sciatica can be excruciating and debilitating, sometimes making standing or sitting difficult. If you’re suffering from sciatica, contact us today.
What is the sciatic nerve?
The sciatic nerve is your body’s longest nerve and one of the most important ones. The sciatic nerve is a bundle of five nerves that exit from the lumbar spine and sacral foramen. These nerves group together at the piriformis muscle in the buttocks to form the one large sciatic nerve, which travels down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve provides strength and sensation to the legs and connects major muscles with the spinal cord.
What are the symptoms associated with Sciatica?
Pain, tingling and numbness in the leg
Nerve pain radiating from the buttock down the back of the leg, often when sitting, sneezing or coughing
Lower back pain
Burning or tingling down the leg
A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up for long periods of time
A constant pain on one side of the rear
Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
Conditions that cause Sciatic Pain
Herniated or slipped disc (most common cause)
Piriformis syndrome (muscle in the buttocks becomes tight or spasms
Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal creates pressure on the nerves)
Spondylolisthesis (slippage of a vertebra, narrowing the nerve exit)
General wear and tear on the lower spine
What are the risk factors?
Obesity and excess weight
Vitamin B 12 deficiency
Physical reconditioning from a sedentary, inactive lifestyle
Poor work ergonomics
Chiropractic treatment for Sciatica
Sydney Family Chiropractic provides treatment for patients suffering from Sciatica include adjustments (spinal manipulation). Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps restore misaligned vertebral bodies (subluxation) to their proper position in the spine. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and other symptoms related to sciatica.
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