Sciatica is a frustrating, painful condition that can interfere with daily activities. At Eastside Spine & Injury, our Milwaukie chiropractor helps many patients find relief from sciatica pain with chiropractic treatment. Here are a few frequently asked questions our chiropractor receives about sciatica treatment and pain management.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition that results from problems with the sciatic nerve, one the largest and hardest working nerves in the body. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back area all the way down through the back of the leg and into the feet. At our Milwaukee chiropractic office, we treat many patients for sciatic pain and are very familiar with symptoms and treatment of the condition.
How is it Caused?
Sciatica is caused by a compression of the sciatic nerve. This can occur due to a variety of reasons, including an injury to the spine, such as a herniated disk, the natural age-related deterioration of the spine or added pressure on the nerve from rapid weight gain.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
The affected areas will typically be the legs and feet. The most common signs of sciatic pain are numbness and tingling in those areas, shooting pain that extends from the buttocks down through the legs and mobility problems due to weakness in the muscles.
Will My Sciatic Pain Reoccur?
Sciatica is a symptom of disharmony somewhere in the musculoskeletal structure. If you’re experiencing sciatica and have not addressed the underlying cause of the pain, then it’s possible that the condition will occur chronically or intermittently. Consequently, it is important to get a thorough examination by a knowledgeable professional in the field of body mechanics in order to uncover the root of the problem, which can help to prevent future occurrences.
How Can Sciatica Be Treated with Chiropractic Care?
The most beneficial aspect of chiropractic treatment for sciatica is that it is non-invasive. We work to allow your body to heal itself through natural hands-on manipulation of the spine. Using manual spinal adjustment techniques, our chiropractor can coax the joints back into alignment, thereby removing any pressure or pinching on the surrounding nerves. With the impingement removed, the sciatic nerve can return to normal functioning and the associated pain is relieved.
How Can I Soothe a Sciatic Flare-up at Home?
Heating pads, yoga, stretching and massage can all help to soothe the pain of sciatica, but they are temporary fixes. For ongoing relief from the pain of sciatica, it is highly recommended that you receive regular evaluations and adjustments from an experienced chiropractor. Our chiropractor also educates our patients on the best practices for maintaining their spinal health and avoiding pain in between office visits.
How Many Chiropractic Treatments do I Need for my Sciatica to Heal?
The number of visits necessary to provide relief can vary from person to person. It’s best to visit our chiropractor for an in-person consultation and we can better assess how to approach providing treatment for your specific condition.
Contact Eastside Spine & Injury’s Milwaukie Chiropractor for Sciatica Relief
If you are interested in chiropractic care for managing your sciatica pain, contact Eastside Spin & Injury. Call (503) 654-7400 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Milwaukie.