Sciatica and Chiropractic Care
For those who haven’t had to deal with sciatica as a condition, they should consider themselves lucky. Running from the lower back to the foot, the sciatic nerve represents the longest nerve section of the nervous system in the body. When it gets pinched, pressured, damaged or squeezed, the effects can include everything from pain to loss of motor control. The good news is that sciatica is treatable. The pain and discomfort don’t need to be suffered through without help. We at Crystal Springs Chiropractic in San MAteo, CA, are here to provide that help.
Burning pain and loss of motor control are some symptoms of sciatica. Other cases might include lower bowel problems, numbness, and spasms as well. Back pain, leg pain and tingling sensations are also noted. Unlike momentary back pain or leg pain, however, sciatica conditions can be constant, periodic, or even irregular.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step in confirming sciatica involves an exam. A chiropractor on our team applies an evaluation of a patient’s medical history, current condition, and physical symptoms. Combined, the professional reviews all the factors and determines if sciatica is in fact in play. Additional exams from a doctor, such as x-rays can help, especially if they show a misalignment of bones, or a cat scan or MRI which can see issues like a slipped or herniated disc.
The traditional treatment approach might only address the pain. Cold and heat compression as well as rest might be recommended and drugs might be provided.
A chiropractic approach goes beyond drugs or at home treatments. The strategy is instead to help the body with its healing process so that the sciatica can be resolved faster. Chiropractic adjustments provided by a chiropractor can help reduce swelling and reposition the sciatic nerve in relation to the vertebrae and surrounding tissue.
Corrective exercises can also help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and restore the proper position of the sciatic nerve. This can be applied through guided exercises designed to help increase flexibility and strength.
Get Chiropractic Care from a Chiropractor on Our Team for Back Pain, Leg Pain, and Tingling
For patients in the San Mateo, CA, area, we at Crystal Springs Chiropractic can provide chiropractic care for sciatica. Instead of just letting the leg pain or irritating tingling interrupt your life, we can help you to recover from sciatica by targeting it at its source. Don't continue to keep struggling in pain. Call us to schedule an appointment today. Call us at (650) 574-1456 for more information.