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Sciatica is basically pain that results from an irritation of the sciatic nerve which runs through the lower back, down through the buttocks and extends down to the lower legs. It can be thought of as a “pinched” nerve that causes pressure on the nerve root in the affected areas. Sciatica is a common ailment among pregnant women as a result of the relatively rapid weight gain they experience prior to giving birth. Extra weight can lead to increased pressure on the various muscles and nerves in the body. Left untreated, the pain usually increases in severity over time.
Brainard Chiropractic, serving North Bend, Arlington, Hooper and the surrounding areas in Nebraska, is well-versed in providing care for the pain that results from a pinched sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a condition that is treated quite frequently by chiropractors and the service we perform can generally alleviate the ache and discomfort of the condition in a short amount of time. The impacted sciatic nerve is often the result of some kind of misalignment or imbalance along the musculoskeletal structure. By performing a manual spinal adjustment, the pressure on the sciatic nerve is released, thereby alleviating any associated pain.
Symptoms of sciatica resemble the symptoms of many other kinds of muscle, tendon or joint pain. However, if you have chronic aches in the leg or hip area, some of the most common indicators that you may be suffering from a case of sciatica are a weakness in the knees, frequent urination, difficulty walking and pain that radiates out from the hips and down the legs. The intensity of the pain or discomfort may vary widely from dull to extremely sharp, almost jolt-like. Coughing or sneezing sometimes make symptoms worse and other affected areas of the body, such as the feet or legs may experience a numb or tingling sensation. Typically, only one side of the body is affected by sciatic pain.
Sciatica can successfully be treated with a combination of spinal manipulation and physical therapy. The goal is to alleviate the pressure that is being placed on the sciatic nerve and a manual spinal manipulation does just that. If you are susceptible to problems with your musculoskeletal structure, a chiropractor can offer treatment and strategies to help you avoid activities, movements and other lifestyle factors that could potentially contribute to recurrences of the condition. Ultimately, your chiropractor will work with you to find the optimal way to address your specific vulnerabilities and provide effective long-term pain relief.
Each case varies, depending on a variety of factors specific to each person’s age, health, level of fitness and lifestyle. Chiropractors take all of these factors and more into consideration when creating a treatment plan for their patients. Unlike the care that is often given in traditional medicine, each chiropractic assessment is based on a comprehensive view of the individual or “whole” person. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in chiropractic care, so type and length of treatment depend solely on the particular circumstances of each person. Typically, treatments begin with adjustments occurring between two and three times per week and then tapering off to weekly, monthly or as needed.
Sciatica is a condition that arises when the sciatic nerve is irritated. This nerve runs down the leg from the lower back to the foot and can be irritated by a variety of influences, including:
As dedicated members of the community, we have over 20 years of experience providing personalized chiropractic care to our friends and neighbors. This type of care can relieve pressure and ease symptoms without risk of side effects.
Sciatica impacts each person slightly differently. However, there are some symptoms that are common for most sufferers. Some of these include:
Information is essential when it comes to designing the most effective course of treatment for your sciatica. Depending on your particular symptoms, we may recommend intensive testing such as MRIs or X-rays to gather further information about your spine and identify the particular concerns that need treatment.
Give Brainard Chiropractic a call today if you are ready to relieve your sciatica pain. Call 402-727-8668 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor or to learn more information about sciatica pain relief. We look forward to meeting with you.