Understanding Sciatica and How It Can Be Treated

Jul 28, 2016

Are you experiencing a burning sensation, pain or numbness in your lower back, legs, hips, or buttocks?

You may be suffering from sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that refers to pain originating and radiating along the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back and branches out through your legs, hips, and buttocks.

Sciatica occurs when something pinches or compresses part of the nerve. This can cause numbness, pain, and inflammation.

Depending on the circumstances, the discomfort can be moderate to severe, varying from a burning sensation, mild ache to a sharp back pain, or extreme discomfort. Prolonged sitting, coughing, or sneezing can exacerbate the symptoms, and it is usually only one side of the body that is affected.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica has many causes. This includes lower back injuries, ruptured or herniated disc; bone spurs on the spine, Piriformis (cramping or spasms of the piriformis muscle), or narrowing of the spine.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be the genesis sciatica, as can non-spinal problems such as diabetes. Even sitting for long periods of time with your wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica.

Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica

Your Chiropractor will likely suggest some treatment options to consider for relief from your sciatica. These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Ice/cold therapy, which decreases inflammation and can help control and relieve pain.
  • Spinal manipulation/adjustments, in which the doctor adjusts the spine to help free restricted movement and restore misaligned vertebra. This is the main treatment option of Chiropractic medicine.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) which uses controlled levels of electric current to stimulate muscles.
  • Ultrasound therapy, which generates mild heat through the use of sound waves.

Call the Chiropractors at AICA College Park For Immediate Help

Our team of licensed Chiropractors is experienced at treating Sciatica and its associated symptoms.

We can provide you with custom treatment solutions that align with the specific characteristics of your condition, allowing for immediate pain relief.

If you are suffering from Sciatica and have never visited our office before, we offer all new patients a consultation with their personal Chiropractor. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about treating Sciatica or any other matter related to Chiropractic medicine.

Our team is available 24/7 to schedule an appointment, although we do accept walk-in visits.