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Common Questions about Sciatica

By Sara Butler

Sciatica is a painful condition that impacts the lives of more people than you may think. With millions of Americans dealing with the pain from this disorder, what can be done about it? Well, sciatica has many causes, and chiropractic treatment for it depends upon the underlying cause. If you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, you may have questions about it. Here are some of the answers to the most common questions about sciatica.

How Do You Know if it’s Sciatica?

A chiropractor will do a thorough examination of you and speak with you about your symptoms in order to determine if the condition you may be suffering from is sciatica. Common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Pain with movement
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Leg weakness
  • Leg numbness

What Causes Sciatic Pain?

Your sciatic nerve is one of the largest in the body. It originates from the lower back, running across the buttocks and then down each leg. If there is pressure put on the sciatic nerve, then it may become irritated and you may then experience symptoms.

How Does it Happen?

Sciatic pain isn’t necessarily the result of a major problem, such as a herniated disc in your back. It could be the result of tight muscles in your hips and legs, an accident, or repetitive motions you may go through at work or home every day. Your chiropractor can help you to determine what is causing irritation to the sciatic nerve and help you to find a treatment that can help.

How Does Chiropractic Help?

Your chiropractor can use gentle techniques to adjust your spine, reducing the pressure that may be placed on your sciatic nerve due to misaligned vertebrae. They may also be able to recommend daily stretching exercises to help reduce tightness in the muscles that could be causing your sciatic pain. Working to reduce your risks of injury and showing you ways to strengthen your back and core muscles can also be accomplished by working with your chiropractor to deal with your sciatic pain.

How Soon Can You Find Relief?

Every patient is different, and how fast you find relief is an individualized experience. Some people notice a big difference after just one adjustment, while others may need a series of adjustments before they find relief. The good news is that treatment works for a large percentage of people without surgical intervention. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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