Sciatica: Underlying Causes and Chiropractic Treatment
Sciatica can cause you to experience pain from your lower back all the way down your leg to below the knee line. The pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve which stretches from your lumbar area (lower back) through your buttocks down through your legs. At Chaney Chiropractic Clinic, we understand how debilitating sciatica nerve pain can be. For your convenience, we offer chiropractic sciatica pain relief treatments in both our Beverly Hills and Spring Hills chiropractic clinics.
Causes of Sciatica
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc pressing down on the sciatic nerve. However, any time the nerve becomes irritated or inflamed, you can experience pain. Bone spurs, muscle tension, spinal infections and injuries, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine), internal bleeding and even pregnancy can irritate your sciatic nerve and cause sciatic nerve pain.
In addition to pain, sciatica can cause numbness, burning sensation and tingle down your buttock and thigh. Lower back, buttocks, hip and leg pain are common symptoms of this condition. If your case is severe, you may find it difficult to walk due to intense pain. Bending and walking can aggravate your symptoms. In contrast, lying down can help alleviate numbness and pain.
Your chiropractor or physician can diagnose sciatica by evaluating your condition and reviewing your symptoms. Your medical history can also help confirm your condition. X-rays, CT scan and MRI scan may be used to identify the cause of your pain and severity of your condition.
Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatic Nerve Pain
At Chaney Chiropractic Clinic, we have various options for sciatica treatment, depending on the cause of your pain. Your Beverly Hills chiropractic may combine chiropractic techniques with natural therapies and remedies to help you obtain pain relief. We take a personal approach to our patient’s injuries and chronic conditions to make sure they get the most from their treatments.
Depending on your situation, our chiropractor may utilize the following therapies:
- Ice/Cold Therapy – to reduce inflammation and control pain
- Ultrasound – to increase blood flow to painful areas and reduce cramping, swelling, muscle spasms, and pain
- TENS Unit (a portable machine that stimulates muscles) – to control acute pain and minimize muscle spasms
- Spinal manipulation (adjustments) – to correct spinal misalignments that are irritating your sciatic nerve and causing pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and other sciatica symptoms
Manual adjustments help to restore balance to your spinal column to reduce pain and discomfort caused by pinched nerves in your spine.
See Your Beverly Hills Chiropractor for Sciatica Pain Relief
To schedule a consultation for sciatica treatment at Chaney Chiropractic Clinic in Beverly Hills, call 352-270-8869. For our Spring Hill clinic, call 352-686-6385.