Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve is pinched, causing pain throughout the lower part of the body. A Mansfield chiropractor at Get Wellness in Arlington, TX, can help.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a common condition where pressure on or irritation to this large nerve causes pain, tingling sensations (paresthesia), or numbness in one leg; symptoms can also include weakness of ankle dorsiflexion, difficulty standing up straight because of hamstring tightness, or difficulty sitting for long periods without getting up periodically to stretch out your backside muscles.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
Symptoms of sciatica can vary in intensity and duration. The most common symptoms are:
- Pain that radiates down the back of one leg, from the lower back to below the knee.
- Tingling or numbness sensations in a particular area of the leg, such as the foot, ankle, calf, or thigh.
- Weakness of ankle dorsiflexion (the ability to pull your toes up toward your shin).
- Difficulty standing up straight because of hamstring tightness.
- Difficulty sitting for long periods without getting up periodically to stretch out your backside muscles.
What Causes Sciatica?
The cause of sciatica is often difficult to determine but may include any number of conditions, including a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy, and occasionally lumbar spinal alignment problems.
Sciatica is a common condition among older people. However, it can occur at any age. Pregnant women are also susceptible to sciatica because of the added weight and pressure on their backs.
How Is Sciatica Treated?
There are a variety of treatments for sciatica depending on its cause. These may include physical therapy including exercises and stretches, chiropractic care, massage therapy, hot or cold therapy, and cold laser therapy.
Chiropractors have been treating people with sciatica for many years with great success. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and improve spinal alignment. This may include adjustments, massage, and ice/heat therapy.
Why Is Chiropractic Care Effective?
Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for sciatica. A chiropractor can help to realign the spine, which may reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. Additionally, chiropractors are educated in providing stretches and exercises that can help relieve symptoms of sciatica.
Mansfield and Grand Prairie Chiropractic Care
If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms related to sciatica, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our experienced chiropractor. We will work with you to find relief from your symptoms and get you back to enjoying life again!
Contact a Grand Prairie chiropractor at Get Wellness in Arlington, TX, by calling (817) 472-7700 to schedule an appointment.