If you’re dealing with sciatic nerve pain — or sciatica — you’re not alone. Up to 40% of the population experiences sciatica at some point.
Sciatica can go away on its own, but you should consider chiropractic care for your sciatica since it can lead to other health complications if left untreated.
Our expert chiropractors at AllCare Chiropractic want you to know all about sciatica, when to seek care for your symptoms, and how we treat sciatica at our office.
Sciatica refers to irritation of the sciatic nerve, the longest and widest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and runs down the backs of both legs to just below your knees.
Sciatica can range from mild to severe and cause tingling and numbness anywhere on the path of the nerve. It’s known to cause shooting pain down your leg, and a flare-up can be triggered by sitting for long periods of time. Sciatica usually only affects one side of your body.
Sciatica is typically caused by a herniated disc. When a vertebral disc slips out of place in the lower back (lumbar spine), it puts pressure on your sciatic nerve and brings on the pain and other symptoms of sciatica.
Risk factors that heighten your chances of developing sciatica include:
Working a job that requires frequent lifting of heavy objects also increases your risk of sciatica.
In many cases, sciatica symptoms go away on their own. However, the condition can cause a lot of pain and limit your ability to move around comfortably. That can affect your quality of life and lead to emotional distress, especially if your sciatica keeps you from activities you enjoy.
At AllCare Chiropractic, we can treat your sciatica by learning what’s causing it in the first place and customizing a treatment plan that helps relieve pain and improve mobility.
Depending on the underlying cause of your sciatica symptoms, we might suggest a series of chiropractic adjustments or physical therapy stretches to restore your range of motion and take pressure off your sciatic nerve.
If sciatica interferes with your life, don’t wait to seek treatment. Our team can help you get the relief you need to get back to your routine. Call AllCare Chiropractic or use our online scheduler to book your appointment today.