Sciatica Treatment With Chiropractic Care
According to Harvard Health Publishing, as many as 40% of people will develop sciatica (sciatic nerve pain) during their lifetime. The painful condition tends to get worse with age and may explain why many of the patients we treat at Willow Bend Chiropractic are middle-aged to senior adults. Our chiropractor in Plano, TX, can help resolve your symptoms using advanced pain relief techniques such as non-invasive spinal adjustments, non-surgical spinal decompression, and soft tissue therapies.
What is Sciatica?
This condition is named after the nerve it affects, namely, the sciatic nerve located in the lower back (lumbar spine). There are two of them, one on the left side and another on the right side of the body. The extremely sensitive nerves extend to the hips descend through the buttocks to the legs and feet.
Causes and Risk Factors of Sciatic Nerve Pain
Pressure exerted on the spine may result in a bulging or herniated disc that compresses the nerve causing swelling and pain. The following may cause or increase the risk of the condition:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Aging and breakdown of the spinal disc
- Obesity or growing weight from pregnancy
- Spinal osteoarthritis (inflammation)
- Vertebral subluxation (misalignment)
- Degenerative disorders such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and piriformis syndrome
Dull, sharp shooting, burning, or disabling lower back pain is typically the first sign of a pinched sciatic nerve. The pain may remain local or radiate along the path of the affected nerve. Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the buttock, thigh, leg, or foot is also common. Sitting or standing for a long time may aggravate the pain.
Sciatica Treatment by Our Plano, TX Chiropractor
Sciatic nerve pain is diagnosed through a physical exam and tests such as a spinal x-ray, MRI, CT scan, or nerve test. Our chiropractor may elect to perform spinal adjustments or spinal decompression to help restore musculoskeletal and nervous system balance. Spinal adjustment involves manipulating the spinal joints and disc into alignment. It eliminates nerve interference, relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and improves mobility.
For a herniated disc, we may use the Triton DTS to apply gentle distractive forces to the spine. This pulls the ruptured disc back between the vertebrae and helps both the disc and nerve to heal. For faster healing, we may include massage therapy, MLS laser therapy, corrective exercises, and nutrition counseling in your chiropractic care plan.
Take Care of Nerve Pain the Natural Way
Sciatica has the nerve to cause chronic pain that does not usually resolve on its own. However, you do have the choice to seek chiropractic care at Willow Bend Chiropractic before the condition worsens or results in the need for back surgery. Call us at 972-608-4411 to schedule a consultation with our Plano, TX, chiropractor.