Sciatica Treatment with our Spring Chiropractor
Sciatica is a troubling problem that can cause a variety of symptoms can interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks. The source of the problem is the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body that can become pinched. At Spring Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Spring, TX, we offer treatment of sciatica, to reduce discomfort and improve physical function.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition caused by dysfunction of the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower spine, into the pelvis and down the backs of the legs. Problems in the lower spine can cause this nerve to become compressed or irritated, leading to uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Individuals with sciatica generally experience symptoms on one side of the body. Discomfort originates in the back but may travel down into the backs of the legs, even down to the feet. Pain is generally sharp, rather than dull, and may worsen with prolonged sitting or standing. They may feel "pins and needles" sensations in the legs, or weakness in the leg on the affected side. Sharp pain may occur when standing up. Pain is often relieved with movement. Sciatica can also cause numbness along the nerve pathway, which can make the normal movement more difficult.
Causes of Sciatica
Problems with the sciatic nerve can result from a herniated disc in the lumbar region of the spine. Stenosis, a condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrowed, may compress the nerve, leading to intermittent or chronic symptoms. Dysfunction in the piriformis muscle and spondylolisthesis, in which on the disc of the spine moves on top of an adjacent disc, can also cause sciatica. Injury to the nerve and compression during pregnancy can also cause the condition.
Chiropractic Care Can Relieve Sciatica Symptoms
Manual adjustment can help to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve in cases of herniation of the discs or stenosis of the spine. If necessary, spinal decompression can be used to gently stretch the spine to allow structures to return to their natural position. Physical therapy can help to improve muscle function and relieve pressure on nerves. Massage therapy can increase circulation to the affected area and improve function.
Make Spring Chiropractic and Rehab Your Choice for Sciatica Treatment
Dr. Bolz, Dr. Rivas, and Dr. Aschenbeck utilize their extensive training and years of experience to help patients in Spring, TX and nearby communities. We treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, disc problems, stenosis, sciatica and physical problems due to sports injuries and pregnancy. Call Spring Chiropractic and Rehab today at (281) 651-7111 for an appointment to learn about chiropractic care for sciatica that can relieve discomfort and improve function.