Managing the Pain and Symptoms Associated With Sciatica
The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back to the buttocks hips and legs and it can become inflamed and cause debilitating pain. Most people who have sciatica experience pain on one side of the body. Here at South Bay Wellness Center in San Jose, we utilize a host of Chiropractic modalities to provide sciatica treatment.
The Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica occurs when a part of a nerve is compressed. This can occur when there is a spur on the spine, stenosis of the spine or there is a herniated disk resting on the nerve. The condition can cause pain, inflammation and numbness in the legs. Because sciatica affects the sciatic nerve, the pain can manifest itself anywhere along the pathway of the nerve.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The types of pain associated with sciatica can range from being mild to sharp. Some patients report that certain events or activities aggravate their symptoms more than others. Coughing sneezing and sitting for long periods of time are known to aggravate the symptoms of sciatica which also include: tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. The symptoms of sciatica can lead to complications such as a lack of feeling in the leg that's affected by the condition, and an inability to control the functions of the bladder and the bowels. Sciatica is often the byproduct of the aging process and diseases like diabetes, and obesity.
How Chiropractors Treat Sciatica
Chiropractors treat sciatica by removing the pressure off of the sciatic nerve. Our doctors do this through spinal manipulation. We also use heat and cold therapies to help reduce the inflammation along the spine and minimize the pain associated with sciatica. We also use electrical nerve stimulation for pain control and the reduction of muscle spasms. Another treatment modality used in our clinic is ultrasound. Ultrasound therapy saturates deep into tissues to help increase circulation, and lessen the occurrence of cramping, stiffness, muscle spasms and pain.
Schedule an Appointment with South Bay Wellness Center Today!
If you are experiencing pain that radiates down the back of your legs, into your hips and down to your calves, it is important that you are evaluated by a health care practitioner so you can get a diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible. Our team here at South Bay Wellness Center in San Jose will do everything we can to identify the source of your sciatic pain, and get you on a sciatica treatment plan that will help alleviate your pain. Give our office a call at (408)-244-6555, and let us help you get rid of your pain today.