Sciatica Treatment With Chiropractic Care
Chronic lower back pain and leg pain from sciatica can leave you feeling frustrated, especially if your doctor-prescribed medications are not providing the desired relief. Chiropractic care by Dr. Daniel Rubin of North Port Chiropractic, in North Port, FL, might be the natural solution you need for long-term pain relief and restored nervous system function.
What is Sciatica?
This term describes a collection of symptoms, including pain, coming from one or both large, thick sciatic nerves that originate in the lower spine. The nerves extend past the buttocks, down the back of the thighs, and end at the toes. This explains why the symptoms, also called lumbar radiculopathy, are felt in the low back and lower extremities.
What Causes It?
Certain conditions affecting the lower back region of the spine can irritate the sciatic nerve and cause pain to radiate along its pathway. The most common ones are lumbar herniated and bulging discs. Back injury can cause the disc to bulge or break and leak its jelly-like content, which ends up irritating or compressing the sciatic nerve. Other causes of nerve irritation, inflammation, or compression include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral misalignment
- Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
- Muscle spasms in the buttock (piriformis syndrome)
- Slipping of a lumbar vertebra (spondylolisthesis)
- Prolonged sitting, obesity, or pregnancy
Common Sciatica Symptoms
Persistent or intermittent lower back pain or leg pain are typically the first symptoms. Some patients also experience pain radiating down the leg or numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg. Prolonged sitting or standing or a change in posture may worsen or relieve the pain.
How is Sciatic Nerve Pain Diagnosed?
Our chiropractor, Dr. Rubin, may perform the following tests as part of a comprehensive physical exam and diagnostic evaluation:
- A leg raise test
- Imaging tests such as a spinal x-ray, MRI, or discogram
- Sciatic nerve block
Non-Surgical Sciatica Treatment From Our North Port, FL, Chiropractor
There is a risk of surgery for sciatic nerve pain caused by disc injury. Instead, we provide non-surgical options to patients, primarily spinal adjustments or non-surgical spinal decompression.
Manual adjustment of the spine helps to relieve pain and other radiculopathy symptoms from vertebral pressure on the nerve. Decompression therapy is an advanced traction therapy reserved more for lower back pain and leg pain related to a herniated or bulging disc, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
We usually add massage therapy, laser therapy, and corrective exercises for additional pain relief and to increase flexibility. Targeted exercises also help strengthen the lower back and prevent injury.
Call North Port Chiropractic Today
Chiropractic care for sciatic nerve pain at North Port Chiropractic can mean the difference between natural, long-lasting relief and surgery. Do not wait until it's too late. Call 941-423-2667 to request an appointment with our North Port, FL, chiropractor.