Sciatica is a common condition that affects up to 40 percent of people during their lifetime. While the condition is often caused by spinal compression, sciatica is in fact pain inflicted on the sciatic nerve.
The nerve, the largest in the body, originates in the lower back and splits to travel down through both sides of the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. Roughly the size of your pinky finger, the sciatic nerve is a mixed-function nerve — responsible for both sensory and motor function for the muscles in the body’s backside.
Individuals living with sciatica normally only feel symptoms on one side of their body. The pain associated with the condition can range in severity from a mild ache to constant sharp pain. Even for more intense cases, sciatica is often treatable without some form of invasive care. Chiropractic care remains one of the best options for addressing the condition.
Individuals living with sciatica may only experience symptoms for a few days before the issue resolves itself. However, many cases of sciatica are more long-standing and impact the quality of life for many.
- Lower back pain that radiates into the leg(s)
- Hip pain
- Numbness in legs/feet
- Tingling in legs/feet
- Weakness in legs
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is the result of the sciatic nerve being compressed or pinched. The majority of cases stem from spinal misalignment, however, pregnancy, disease (diabetes), and muscle spasms are also possible causes for sciatic nerve pain.
- Spinal Stenosis – The narrowing of the spinal column.
- Degenerative Disc Disease- the deterioration of the spinal discs, possibly leading to a herniated (bulging) disc
- Spondylolisthesis – The misalignment of one vertebra in front of the other.
All these possible causes create negative pressure on the sciatic nerve and translate into a varying degree of inflammation.
Risk factors for the condition include:
- Age – Individuals between the ages of 30 and 50 are the most likely to develop the condition.
- Obesity – Large weight gains cause the spine to become compressed, and harm other parts of the body like the sciatic nerve.
- Occupation – Jobs that consist of heavy lifting and constant twisting/turning motions are prone to sciatica.
- Sedentary Lifestyle – Sitting for extended periods of time increases chances, along with a lack of physical exercise.
- Diabetes – The disease can cause damage surrounding the kidneys, including the sciatic nerve.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
Chiropractic care works to treat sciatica at the source, and not simply minimize symptoms. By looking to properly realign the spine and reduce compression along the sciatic nerve, patients should not only see improvements in their pain but also have a long-term solution for the condition.
Here at Reinhardt Chiropractic, we know not all cases of sciatica are the same. Therefore, we offer a variety of treatment options to best fit a patient’s symptoms and comfort level. Soon after leaving our clinic, you should see improvements in:
- Lower back and leg pain
- Leg strength
- Reduced numbness
Ways we treat sciatica include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Therapeutic Massage Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Physical Therapy
Denver’s Best Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Through a combination of treatments, exercises, and lifestyle adjustments, Dr. Reinhardt and his team can help alleviate your pain and discomfort associated with sciatic nerve pain. Schedule an appointment today to start healing!