Sciatica is one of the many issues that can cause back pain, along with various other debilitating symptoms. Despite how hopeless the condition may seem, chiropractic care can help you achieve natural and lasting relief. Learn more in our guide from the team at Multicare Health Clinic in Sioux City.
What Is Sciatica and How Do I Know If I Have It?
Sciatica is the term used to describe symptoms caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body, travels from the lower back down each leg to the feet. When it becomes compressed, it can create very uncomfortable and sometimes excruciating symptoms on the affected side of the body. These symptoms include:
- Lower back pain, which may be constant or a shooting pain.
- Numbness or weakness in the foot or leg, often making movement difficult.
- Intense pain in the back or legs when trying to stand up.
- Pain that worsens after sitting.
The symptoms typically occur only on the affected side of the body. For example, if the sciatic nerve on the right side is constricted, you will experience symptoms along the right leg. This is usually one of the most significant indicators that the issue is sciatica and not another condition.
Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Care
The treatment of back pain, including sciatica, begins with a comprehensive assessment to properly diagnose your condition and determine the best course of action. If sciatica is the cause of your pain, the following are typical methods of treatment:
- Chiropractic adjustments: The most effective way to relieve sciatica is by relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic adjustments are utilized to restore proper alignment of the spine, reducing constriction on nerves and other soft tissues.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy plays a crucial role in relieving and preventing further symptoms of sciatica. It involves targeted movements that help stretch and strengthen the lower back, improve posture, and develop a strong support system around the sciatic nerve.
- Soft tissue therapy: Therapeutic massage and other techniques are beneficial for reducing tension and inflammation in the surrounding soft tissues, improving blood flow to the affected area and promoting healing.
These are just a few of the methods typically used in the treatment of back pain. However, our chiropractor will determine the best combination of methods for your specific needs.
Say Goodbye to Back Pain
Regardless of the cause of your back pain, our team at Multicare Health Clinic in Sioux City is dedicated to helping you achieve lasting relief. Call (712) 276-4325 to schedule an appointment today.