Sciatica affects 40% of adults at least once in their lifetime. For some, the pain improves, while others end up struggling with a chronic condition that leads to time off from work and a poor quality of life. At Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center, Kenneth Haywood, DC, has extensive experience creating customized treatment plans that effectively relieve the pain and restore optimum movement, even when traditional medical care has failed. To learn more about your treatment options, make an appointment online or call the office in Friendswood, Texas, today.
Sciatica refers to the hallmark symptoms of lower back pain together with pain that shoots down one leg. These symptoms occur when your sciatic nerve is pinched.
You have a sciatic nerve on each side of your body, where they run from the bottom of your spine, through each buttock, and then down your legs and into your foot. When the nerve is pinched, you can experience symptoms anywhere along the nerve.
Sciatica can begin after you strain a muscle in your lower back or suffer a lower back injury. However, it’s usually caused by spine conditions that pinch the nerve, such as:
Though it’s not as common, you can also develop sciatica when the buttock muscles spasm and pinch the nerve. When this is the cause of your sciatica, you have a condition called piriformis syndrome.
Though your pain may vary in severity, most people describe sciatica as a severe, electric-shock type of pain. You may also experience sensations such as burning or tingling that travel down your leg. In more severe cases, your leg may feel numb or the muscles could weaken.
Your leg pain may improve in a few days or weeks. For some people, however, the pain becomes a long-lasting problem that gets worse over time.
After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, and completing a physical exam, Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center focuses on relieving your pain and helping the nerve heal. They draw from many different chiropractic techniques and therapies, creating a treatment plan that’s tailor-made for your needs.
These are a few examples of the approaches they frequently use to treat sciatica:
A customized exercise regimen is a key part of your sciatica treatment. Strengthening the muscles that support your back helps take pressure off the sciatica nerve. Regular chiropractic care prevents ongoing sciatica by restoring joint motion, relaxing muscle tightness, reducing inflammation, and maintaining spinal alignment.
If you need help for sciatica, call Forever Well Chiropractic Whole Body Wellness Center or connect online to request an appointment.