Many patients at our Spring Chiropractic practice have heard of sciatica. However, learning that as many as 40 percent of adults will develop it during their lifetimes is often a surprise. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Spring, TX offers non-invasive sciatica treatment options that avoid surgery and medication.
Overview of Sciatica
The perception of sciatica as a precise medical diagnosis is a misconception. The term refers to pain resulting from compression of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body.
The origin of the sciatic nerve is in the lower spine. This nerve travels through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. Compression has a number of potential causes, the most common of which include:
- Vertebrae out of alignment
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Piriformis syndrome
- Atypical seating positions
The most frequent complaint our patients voice is pain. They report considerable variation in the frequency and severity of pain, which can develop at any point along the nerve’s path from the spine to the feet.
Pain is typically sharp and worsens after extended standing or sitting. Leg weakness and a pins and needles sensation are common. Other complaints include muscle or limb paralysis, insomnia, and a loss of sensation.
Sciatica Treatment Options
Chiropractic sciatica treatment seeks to solve the problem causing the patient pain rather than merely addressing symptoms. It improves flexibility, reduces inflammation, and decreases pain and other discomfort. The resulting improved range of motion and increased activity level contribute to a more rewarding lifestyle.
At the initial consultation with our chiropractor, patients can expect to undergo a physical exam, discuss their health history, and review their specific complaints. Determining the reason for compression of the sciatic nerve is sometimes easier after reviewing X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.
Each patient diagnosed with sciatica receives an individualized treatment plan designed to foster self-healing. Many include a combination of therapies such as:
- Manual adjustments to relieve pressure caused by disc herniation or spinal stenosis
- Spinal decompression to stretch the spine so that its structures return to the proper position
- Physical therapy to relieve nerve pressure and boost muscle function
- Massage therapy to improve function by increasing circulation
Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor
Our Spring Chiropractic staff helps patients get the information they need to make important decisions about their health and wellness. We are a full-service chiropractic practice and offer rehabilitation therapy, pain management, nutrition counseling, and massage therapy in addition to chiropractic treatment. Be sure to take a moment to call us today to schedule a consultation with our Spring chiropractor and find out how chiropractic can make positive changes in your life.