The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the lower back to the buttocks and down to the legs. When irritated or inflamed, the pain is known as sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating, but luckily it is often responsive to chiropractic treatment. At ChiroMom in Bellmore, our chiropractor, Dr. Dana Walters, can help treat sciatica and many other musculoskeletal issues with drug-free and non-invasive chiropractic techniques.
If your spine or pelvis get out of alignment, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerves, causing irritation and inflammation. Sciatic nerve pain is typically a lower back and buttock pain that runs down one or both legs. Some people describe it as a sharp or radiating pain. However, you can also have less severe pain. Some people develop numbness and tingling in the affected leg(s). You may have decreased sensation in the calf or sole of the foot. Sciatic pain can also cause weakness in your legs and may affect your mobility.
What Causes Sciatica?
Nerve root irritation is technically the “cause” of the pain, but this condition can be triggered by many things. Misalignment of the vertebrae in the lower back, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal, can result in sciatica. When one vertebrae slips over another, it can result in sciatic nerve pain. Obesity, diabetes, and age can also contribute to this painful condition.
How Our Chiropractor in Bellmore, New York Treats Sciatic Pain
The first tactic in treatment of sciatica is a thorough assessment of the spinal alignment. Often one or more vertebra are misaligned and both can be adjusted by our chiropractor, either by using chiropractic adjustments or a hand-held tool. It is common for muscles to go into spasm, so massage therapy is often used. To prevent the problem from happening again, our chiropractor will probably recommend corrective exercises, especially those that strengthen the core muscles.
If you suffer from sciatic nerve pain or other musculoskeletal issues, please consider chiropractic treatment as a way to relieve your pain. At ChiroMom in Bellmore, New York, we care for the whole family, with a focus on pain relief, holistic care, and total wellness. We even offer more specialized services such as prenatal chiropractic care. Call our chiropractic office at 516-221-1212 or contact us via website to schedule an appointment for your sciatica nerve pain.