Sciatica is one of those painful conditions people suffer without really understanding why. These FAQs we’ve compiled here at Tatsuno Chiropractic, Inc. in Bakersfield, CA explain more about sciatica, its causes, and symptoms, so you can make wise decisions concerning treatment.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It extends from your lower back all the way down your legs and is a conduit for nerve signals traveling between your spinal cord and your buttocks, legs and feet. When pressure is placed on sciatic nerve roots, the result is often bouts of pain from your lower back through your hips and all the way down your legs.
What causes sciatica?
Spinal degeneration is one of the major causes of sciatica. It’s not uncommon for spinal discs to deteriorate with age. As a result, they may shift position and put pressure on sciatic nerve roots, causing sciatica pain. Traumatic injuries that cause spinal misalignments or herniated discs can also lead to sciatica due to misplaced structures impinging the sciatic nerve. If you’re pregnant or obese, you’re more prone to sciatica due to excess weight putting pressure on spinal nerves.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
The most prominent symptom of sciatica is pain that extends from your lower back through your buttocks or hips and down the back of your legs. You may also experience a tingling sensation or numbness in your legs or feet. Pain may be accompanied by leg weakness or loss of motor control. Sciatica symptoms may endure for a few weeks and then stop temporarily. Unfortunately, symptoms often resume again until you correct the cause of nerve impingement to eliminate symptoms.
How do chiropractors treat sciatica?
Our Bakersfield, CA chiropractor starts treatment for sciatica by reviewing your medical history and examining your spinal system to pinpoint the nature and source of your pain. If pain is caused by misalignments compressing on spinal nerves, we’ll use adjustments to restore balance to your vertebral system to alleviate symptoms. Adjustments can also be used to relieve pressure from herniated or bulging discs.
We may also use hot/cold treatments to alleviate inflammation and soft tissue massage to ease muscle tension and muscle spasms. Finally, we may recommend corrective exercises to strengthen spinal support and maintain proper spinal alignment.
How can sciatica be prevented?
If you’re overweight, losing excess weight can relieve pressure from spinal nerves. Periodic adjustments can also help keep your system in balance to avoid structures impinging upon the sciatic nerve.
See Our Bakersfield, CA Chiropractor for Sciatica Pain Relief
To schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment of sciatica leg pain, contact Tatsuno Chiropractic, Inc. in Bakersfield, CA at 661-322-6021.