Sciatica, is really a symptom of an underlying medical condition, commonly misdiagnosed as sciatica being the medical condition.

Sciatica is frequently described as tingling, numbing, and/or weakness that begins in the lower back and travels down through the buttock and into the leg. Common diagnoses that may contribute to sciatic nerve pain are:

  • Herniated/Bulging Discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy

Sciatica can come on suddenly or gradually present itself. Normally it is a constant pain when flared up but As these flare ups will come and go and will get subside within a couple of weeks on it’s own (average is 6-12 weeks on its own), it can be painful, and limit you While having an episodes.

Sciatica symptoms:

  • Bad leg cramps
  • Constant pain in one side of the buttock that radiates down the leg
  • Pain when sitting
  • Burning leg pain
  • Tingling leg pain
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pain

While some sources of sciatica are not avoidable – here are some recommended ways to ease the pain:

  • Lift with your back straight with your legs
  • Avoid smoking
  • Strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen through exercise and stretching
  • Positive posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time
Sciatic pain

How to Relieve Sciatica

90% of sciatic nerve pain cases are decreased and/or eliminated with chiropractic care. The goal is to increase your mobility and decrease the pain. Adjusting and aligning the spine, back, neck, and allowing nerves to be relieved of pinched nerves with physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the affected areas. Mostly achieving or maintaining well-being through having a healthy strong neck, back and spine.

While taking it easy during these flare ups you want to address the underlying problem and stretch and exercise under the direction of our physical therapists to prevent further issues and concerns.

Important note: One of the most misdiagnosis is Sacroiliac which is the Misalignment of the bones in the lower back/Sacroiliac often causes extreme lower back pain, but rarely causes the following symptoms: numbness, tingling, weakness, or sciatica.

How We Can Help

Grant Chiropractic and Physical Therapy we treat these symptoms using specific chiropractic adjustments and nonsurgical modalities such as:

  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Decompression
  • 1 on 1 stretching
  • Myofascial Release
  • TENS and Electric Muscle Stimulation
  • Ice/Heat treatments
  • LZR7 laser treatment
  • Acupuncture/Dry Needling
One on one stretching

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