Sciatica Patients Find Fast, Effective Relief
Sciatica is a condition characterized by collective symptoms that affect the lower body. Though it is not a disease, it is indicative of an underlying medical problem affecting the sciatic nerve. This nerve is the longest in the human body, stretching between the lower back and the feet. Irritation to this nerve frequently results in lower back pain, as well as weakness, tingling, intense burning, or numbing sensations that radiate into the legs and feet.
Here at Progressive Health and Rehab, we do more than help our patients cope with the symptoms of sciatica – we help them overcome them. By turning to our Gahanna chiropractor for relief, patients are entrusting their care to a specialist who is is an expert in the relationship between the sciatic nerve and lower body. Regardless of the cause of the symptoms, our chiropractic in Gahanna can get to the bottom of it.
Often, sciatica is caused by a musculoskeletal injury that has caused spinal compression or soft tissue inflammation. Injuries of this nature may be the result of a sudden, traumatic accident, or they may be caused by years of poor posture and stress on the spine. Discs can slip out of place in the spine, placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sometimes, patients find that their symptoms are caused by a health complication instead of an injury. Whether it is spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, or some other disorder, chiropractic may be able to deliver relief in just a few office visits.
Sciatica: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment
Sciatic nerve damage and irritation can present itself differently from person to person. It is important for every sciatica patient to undergo a complete evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. This may include a physical exam, x-ray imaging, and any other imaging necessary to come to a proper diagnostic conclusion. In some patients, discomfort is mild and dull. For others, the pain can be sharp, severe, and debilitating. One tell-tale sign is discomfort that seems to occur only on one side of the body – especially at night or immediately after standing or sitting.
When our patients are diagnosed with sciatica, we develop a personalized treatment plan designed to alleviate pain and other discomfort caused by sciatic nerve irritation. Depending on the nature and degree of the diagnosis, treatment is likely to include some combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, or physical therapy. We also encourage our sciatica patients to avoid activities that could cause recurrences of sciatica in the future. This includes sitting for long periods of time and lying down with unequal weight distribution on the buttocks.