Sciatica

Chiropractic Care For Sciatica

Sciatica sufferers know the pain of debilitating symptoms well: shooting pain down from the low back into one or both of the buttocks and legs. Often one of the frustrating parts of sciatica is that the origin of the condition can be elusive. A damaged or degenerative spinal disc or vertebra can put pressure on a nerve root leading to the sciatic nerve, causing radiating sensations into the extremity. The cause can also be a tight muscle or inflammation around the sciatic nerve. Both of these can impede proper communication from the central nervous system out into the tissues and cells of the leg.

How Do You Know If You Have Sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms include: pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling radiating from the low back or buttock into the leg and/or foot. Certain movements like bending over or lifting the leg may exacerbate the symptoms. Coughing and sneezing can also bring on sudden worsening of the pain.

Where Does Sciatica Come From?

Sciatica may follow a major trauma or can come on insidiously, from poor lifestyle habits over time. Poor core strength, being overweight or obese, a sedentary lifestyle, and repetitive movements in poor posture can all bring on sciatica. Pregnant women can also be susceptible to sciatica as the body goes through rapid hormonal and postural changes as pregnancy progresses and the baby grows in size, shifting internal organs, putting new pressure on the structures of the lower body.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Sciatica?

Chiropractic care can help address the root cause of symptoms and disease, the same can be said with helping rehabilitate patients who are suffering from sciatica. When assessing a person, chiropractors look to the spine and nervous system to find areas of subluxation: a mechanical dysfunction of a vertebra, impacting the body’s ability to self-regulate, communicate, heal, and repair. Rather than just trying to cover up symptoms, chiropractors find the underlying cause of the issue. If someone is suffering with a subluxation, chiropractors adjust that area of the spine to create better movement, reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, and allow the body to heal.

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