How Our Chiropractic Care Can Treat Sciatica
Sciatica is different from ordinary back pain. With this condition, you might feel pain or uncomfortable nerve sensations that run from your lower back and down one leg, reaching into your calf or foot. Nerve sensations can include numbness, tingling, burning, and muscle weakness. The source of sciatica is nerve compression affecting the sciatic nerve. The key to effective sciatica treatment is to start with an examination. Our team at Sykes Family Chiropractic in Durham can help you find relief from your sciatica.
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve branches out from the lumbar portion of the spine through the hips and extends down to the feet. When the vertebrae in the lumbar spine are out of alignment, one or more nerve branches are compressed and cause irritation and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments work to properly align the spine by removing the sciatic nerve's compression. In some cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated or slipped disk or narrowing of the spine. Typically, sciatica symptoms will only impact one side of the body.
A common symptom is sciatic nerve pain that runs down the lower back, hips, and buttocks. This can cause pain in the legs and feet too. The intensity of the pain varies with each patient. Numbness in the leg is another symptom that you may feel. This is caused by bone spurs and discs pressing on the sciatica nerve. Another symptom is tingling in the feet. This is similar to when your arm or leg falls asleep.
Swelling, weak muscles, and inflammation are also common symptoms of sciatica. If you are experiencing difficultly traversing staircases or walking, this may be due to sciatica. Other symptoms are lower back pain, problems with moving the legs, pain standing up or sitting down, a burning sensation, and discomfort on one side of the buttocks.
How We Can Help
Our chiropractor can help by using gentle manipulation to put your spine back into alignment, taking pressure off the nerve. Combining chiropractic adjustments with regenerative medicine is another effective method of relieving sciatica. Chiropractic care puts the vertebrae back into place, while hands-on manipulation helps the muscles relax, making it easier for you to regain your ability to move freely.
Contact Us for Treatment from Our Durham Chiropractor
Our team at Sykes Family Chiropractic is ready to help patients in and around the Durham area manage their sciatica. Offering a combination of chiropractic care and regenerative medicine, we will create a customized plan that works best for you. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.