Sciatica is a painful condition that causes shooting pains in the leg, back pain, and even trouble walking. The condition can be debilitating, but luckily, there are ways to manage it. At Hoosier Family Chiropractic, Inc. in Bloomington, IN, our chiropractor provides natural methods to alleviate pain from sciatica.
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve helps control motion and leg muscles and is connected to the spinal column. However, due to its position, the nerve can easily get pinched, making it painful and irritated. This causes pain in the back, but symptoms can also be felt in the back of the leg and lower leg, because of where the nerve runs down to.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica can be triggered by several spine conditions, including degenerative disc conditions. The high majority of cases tend to be related to a slipped or herniated disc in the spinal column. Discs provide the cushion between the vertebrae that make up the spine. When the discs burst or slip, that can create pressure against the sciatic nerve. Other common causes include arthritis, spinal tumors, bone spurs, diabetic nerve damage, and pregnancy pressure. Sciatica also tends to develop due to wear and tear from aging, occupational strain, exercise or sport injuries, and lifestyle behaviors. Other causes that are indirect, but often contribute, include obesity, sedentary living without any regular exercise, and heavy lifting.
Sciatica Symptoms and Treatment
Mild cases of sciatica may last a few weeks and resolve themselves. However, it is still important to get a diagnosis from our chiropractor, since the pain could be due to an underlying condition. It is also important to get pain relief so your body can heal. When the symptoms begin to affect your ability to walk, bladder and bowel activity, or causes loss of feeling or control in the legs, the condition is severe.
When you visit our facility, our chiropractor will perform a physical exam to determine what is causing your pain. After a diagnosis, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Our chiropractor uses spinal manipulations to ease sciatica pain. After the spine is realigned, the discs can move back into place and stop pinching the sciatic nerve. Additionally, our chiropractor will provide you with stretching and strengthening exercises to improve your range of motion and prevent your pain from reoccurring. We will also help you work on your posture so that your daily activities and work ergonomics don’t irritate your sciatic nerve.
Schedule an Appointment for Sciatica Relief
If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, you don’t have to continue suffering. At Hoosier Family Chiropractic, Inc. in Bloomington, IN, our chiropractor will alleviate your pain and help you recover. Our methods are natural, non-invasive, and drug-free, allowing you to avoid risky surgeries and pain medications, which often come with side effects. Our experts will help you return to a pain-free life. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.