How Chiropractic Care Helps Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, a large nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of each leg. Sciatica usually only affects one side of the lower body, and is characterized by shooting pain on one side of the rear or down one leg, a burning or tingling sensation, weakness or difficulty moving the affected leg, and a constant pain on one side of the rear. Sciatica pain can range from an intermittent annoyance to severe, debilitating and chronic. Even in mild or infrequent cases of sciatica, pain can get worse over time.

Sciatica can be triggered by several conditions, including:

  • Spinal Stenosis- a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back
  • Degenerative disc disease- a condition in which discs of the spine weaken over time
  • Spondylolisthesis- a condition which occurs when one vertebra slips over another one
  • Pregnancy- the excess weight carried in the abdominal area can put strain on the spine
  • A number of other causes- including excessive weight gain, lack of regular exercise, sleeping on an ineffective mattress, and even wearing high-heeled shoes

Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate sciatica pain through a variety of treatments. Your chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history to determine the cause of your sciatica, and then move forward with a chiropractic treatment plan. In addition to spinal adjustments designed to help restore proper spinal alignment and correct vertebral positioning, your chiropractor may also use ice/cold therapy to reduce inflammation that is causing sciatic pain, as well as a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit to stimulate muscles using low electrical current, and ultrasound to generate a gentle heat to increase circulation and reduce muscle stiffness, swelling and cramping.

Chiropractic Care Lonview, WA and Kelso, WA

Sciatic pain can affect your overall health, cause restless sleep and make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as walking and driving. Don’t suffer from sciatica any longer- Family Chiropractic Care can help manage your sciatic pain. Clients in the Longview, WA and Kelso, WA area turn to Family Chiropractic Care for sciatica treatment and chiropractic wellness. Give us a call today at 360-636-2636 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Still and get on the road to a pain-free life.