Sciatica is pain caused by sciatic nerve irritation which travels down the lower back to the legs. The pain of sciatica can be incapacitating, preventing you from going to work or even enjoying life's pleasures. Precision Chiropractic provides chiropractic care in Amarillo, TX, for many injuries. If you are struggling with sciatica, here's what you should know before you get treatment.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica comes with symptoms beyond lower back pain. The pain can begin as a dull ache or burn and become a muscle weakness and tingling. Often, this pain becomes worse with sitting or standing after a long period. Some people experience numbness shooting down their legs, while others experience pain on one side of the buttocks. Any lower back pain is a reason to speak with a professional about your symptoms. Getting treatment for these conditions early on can prevent a serious injury from developing in the future.
Causes of Sciatica
Unfortunately, sciatica can be caused by many factors because the sciatic nerve is so long. It has many chances to become impaired. Our chiropractor will look for the cause of your pain to provide effective treatment.
The most common causes of sciatica include:
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disorder
- Weight gain
- Poor posture or alignment
Diagnosis of your sciatica may involve reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam. Your chiropractor may request testing, including X-rays or MRI. Your chiropractor will provide treatment based on the pinpointed cause.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
For many people, treatment for sciatica is best provided by a chiropractor. Back pain can be treated with a variety of techniques:
- Cold therapy: treats inflammation and pain
- Spinal manipulation: aligns the spine and prevents muscle pain
- Ultrasound therapy: relieves pain, reduces muscle spasms, eliminates muscle stiffness
- Corrective exercises: builds strength and improve mobility
- spinal decompression therapy: resolves herniated discs
Treatment is holistic, providing care that targets the cause rather than just the symptoms. Plus, treatment does not require surgery or needles, which means you can get care in a comfortable, pain-free setting.
Chiropractic Care in Amarillo, TX
Precision Chiropractic serves Amarillo, TX, offering chiropractic care in many forms. If you are ready to get treatment for sciatica, call our office today at (806) 358-3595 to make your first appointment.