If you’ve ever had sciatica, you know that it’s one of the most sharp and debilitating pains. Sciatica affects the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body which runs from your lower back down the back of each leg. When the sciatic nerve is compressed, you will feel sharp pain down one side of your body. And because this pain gets worse when you stand or walk, it can really limit your activities and cause you to feel distressed.
Other symptoms of sciatica can include tingling or numbness down one leg, dull aches even when sitting still, and sometimes a burning sensation. The persistent pain might get worse after periods of sitting, but also worsens with physical activity. Sudden movements, and even sneezing or coughing, can trigger sudden sharp pains.
Unfortunately, most of the mainstream treatments for sciatic pain simply address the symptoms. You might have tried prescription strength pain relief, but that’s not a permanent solution by any means. You also risk addiction or other side effects when you rely upon drugs for your pain.
However, chiropractic treatments get to the root of the problem. Rather than simply medicating away the pain, we aim to relieve the pressure on the nerve so that your sciatica can actually be managed or even cured.
In addition, we can make recommendations regarding lifestyle habits, to help prevent recurrence of your sciatica. Sometimes postural changes or alterations to certain habits can make a world of difference. Make an appointment with us to review your symptoms, and we can help you determine how to manage your condition and begin living a happier, pain-free life again!