Sciatica literally means pain coming from the sciatic nerve located in the lumbar spine. An estimated 40% of people will experience it during their life, although older people are more at risk. The chronic condition is a leading cause of disabling lower back pain and a common reason why patients seek chiropractic care at Right Health Clinic. Sciatic nerve pain is often associated with a herniated disc. Our Colorado Springs chiropractor will pinpoint the exact cause by doing a thorough diagnostic evaluation.
Common Causes of Sciatica
Two sciatic nerves branch from the lower back and extend through the hips, buttocks, and legs to the feet. The nerves are highly sensitive and can get irritated or inflamed due to pressure from a herniated disc. Other causes are linked to worn spinal discs, injury, trauma, or nerve compression. Nerve compression is often related to one of the following conditions:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Osteoarthritis (spinal joint inflammation)
- Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Spondylolisthesis (a vertebra slips forward and pinches the sciatic nerve)
- The buttock muscle touching the nerve (Piriformis syndrome)
- Pregnancy, obesity, or heavy lifting
Sciatic Nerve Pain Symptoms
A hallmark symptom of the condition is sharp, burning, or stinging lower back pain that radiates along the path of the affected nerve. Typically, only the nerve on one side of the lower body is affected. The condition may also trigger the following other symptoms:
- Leg pain (back of the thigh or calf)
- Leg feels heavy or weak
- Numbness, tingling, or a pins-and-needles sensation
- Pain is persistent, intermittent or gets worse or better when you change positions
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica in Colorado Springs, CO
Applying a heat pack to the lower back region, pelvic exercises, or lying on your side with a pillow between your legs may provide relief. However, chiropractic care is a more effective and long-term pain relief solution. At Right Health Clinic, our primary treatments are lumbar spinal adjustment and spinal decompression. There are no drugs or surgical procedures involved.
Our chiropractor will mobilize the spinal joints and bones into alignment as a way of taking pressure off the disc and sciatic nerve. This alleviates pain and inflammation, improves mobility, and helps the nerve heal. Spinal decompression therapy is an advanced, FDA-approved pain-relief technique that takes the pressure off the disc and nerve by gradually stretching the spine. To optimize the results, we may encourage you to do corrective exercises, avoid certain activities, and maintain a healthy diet.
Our Chiropractor Can Help You Get Moving Again!
Sciatic nerve pain can persist for months or years or grow worse until the underlying condition is treated. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more the risk of surgery increases. Why not save yourself the trouble by seeking personalized chiropractic care at the Right Health Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. Call 719-475-9103 to schedule a consultation today.