Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain
By Sara Butler
Sciatic pain is no fun and it impacts the lives of many more people than you may think. In fact, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients each day who are struggling to control sciatic pain from a variety of causes.
Here's what you need to know about sciatic pain and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help if it ever becomes a problem for you.
The Sciatic Nerve
Your body is full of nerves that send signals from your central nervous system to every other part of you. The sciatic nerve happens to be the largest in your body, running from your lower back all the way through your legs to your toes. It controls the muscles in the legs, buttocks, and even the soles of your feet.
When it becomes inflamed or irritated, then it can cause immense pain anywhere along its pathway. The pain experienced due to the sciatic nerve is often referred to as sciatica.
Pain anywhere along the nerve pathway is the most common symptom of sciatic nerve issues, especially when it's on one side of the body. But there are other ways your sciatic nerve can let you know that it's unhappy. Some common symptoms include:
- Tingling in the leg
- Aching in the leg
- A burning sensation in the leg
- Pin and needles feeling in the leg
- Muscle weakness in the leg or foot
Where you experience pain can tell you where the problems in the spinal nerves or sciatic nerves may be located and it's a good indication for your chiropractor to help them track down the root cause. Make sure you let the chiropractor know exactly where on your buttocks/leg/foot you're experiencing symptoms.
In general, sciatic nerve issues are something that develops slowly over time and gets progressively worse. It's rare, except in cases of injury, for intense pain to be present from the onset. It's more common to feel the pain that is made worse by things such as bending, coughing, sudden movements, sneezing, or sitting for long periods of time.
How the Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic care can be a highly effective treatment for those suffering from issues with the sciatic nerve. Since many different issues can cause sciatic nerve problems, the chiropractor will look for the root cause of the problem and work with you on a treatment plan to address it. It's a conservative approach that has been successful for many people who suffer from issues with their sciatic nerve.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.