Are you experiencing radiating pain, tingling, numbness or burning from your low back or buttocks that goes all way down your legs? If so you may be experiencing a condition many Americans suffer with called sciatica. Many people in our Jacksonville area also suffer from sciatica and never find a long-term solution because they don’t understand treatment options available. If you are suffering from sciatica or sciatica like symptoms we want to give you hope and assure you that there are treatment options available. This article will help you understand what sciatica is as well as how our Jacksonville team of doctors at Thrive Chiropractic Health Center can help you win the fight against sciatica.
What is Sciatica
Sciatic Neuralgia, the official name for sciatica, is a condition in which the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated causing pain in the low back or buttocks that travels down the leg and into the foot. The pain occurs down the back of the leg and can make sitting, driving or standing for long periods of time unbearable. The sensation is usually described as numbness, tingling, or burning and it can also lead to leg and foot weakness. Unfortunately, if sciatica is not treated over time the nerve can become permanently injured.
The reason the pain can travel so far is because the sciatic nerve in the longest nerve in the body; it starts in the low back, courses through the pelvic area, through the hip and buttocks, and down the back of the leg.
How is Sciatica Developed?
Because the sciatic nerve passes through and by so many different structures along its path from the spine to your leg there are numerous different issues that could be causing your pain. The most common cause of sciatica are intervertebral disc herniations. Disc injuries can occur because of poor posture, degeneration and many different injuries which can cause the disc to compress the sciatic nerve. Misalignments in the spine and pelvic area can also cause irritation and compression of the sciatic nerve as well as inflammation of the muscles. Often patients don’t specifically know which issue is causing their problem making it hard for them to get relief of their symptoms.
How We Can Help
Chiropractors are expertly trained in how to zero in on the cause of sciatica and find out what is causing you so much pain. Treatment begins with a thorough consultation and examination to find out what you as an individual will benefit most from. From there, we have multiple ways to help relieve and provide long term correction of your sciatica. The most common form of treatment are chiropractic adjustments to correct the alignment of the spine and take pressure off the nerves that are causing your pain. Many individuals notice immediate relief from the specific adjustments we provide.
If your sciatica is being caused by a disc injury you may be a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression. At Thrive Chiropractic Health Center we utilize the most advanced spinal decompression table on the planet, allowing us to safely and effectively target the areas responsible for all your pain. Call our team at Thrive Chiropractic Health Center today to schedule your first appointment.