Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Sciatica Diagram If you have lower back pain that shoots down either leg, you may be suffering the symptoms of sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that affects your sciatic nerve. This nerve is located in your lower back and branches out through your hips and buttocks and trails down both legs. Sciatica typically only affects one side of your body or the other, but most forms of sciatica cause lower back pain. If you suffer from this painful condition, Dr. Christopher Pearsall can help. 

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by compressed nerves. It could be due to a herniated disc, a bone spur, or a condition called spinal stenosis that causes the spine to become more narrow. Regardless of why the nerve becomes compressed, pain results and can settle in your lower back. This may cause tingling, or numbness in your leg as well. 

Some things can make sciatica worse, such as sitting for long periods of time or the sudden movements caused by coughing or sneezing. If you're suffering from sciatica, booking an appointment with Dr. Pearsall can help alleviate your pain without the need for surgery. 

Causes of Sciatica

Several factors commonly contribute to sciatica, including:

  • Normal aging
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • An occupation that requires regular bending, lifting, or sitting
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Injury or trauma such as that caused by sports injuries

Fortunately, surgery is often not the only treatment that relieves the pain of sciatica. Chiropractic adjustments at CSI Healthcare can be extremely beneficial in relieving lower back pain and pain associated with sciatica, especially in sciatica caused by injuries such as those that happen during football, hockey, or other contact sports. Simple spinal manipulations and adjustments can help realign vertebrae and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. As a result, you'll feel better and have improved mobility. 

Struggling With Lower Back Pain? Chiropractic Care Can Help

When you consider that 80 percent of Americans have had (or will have) trouble with back pain, you can understand why this painful symptom accounts for some 264 million lost workdays each year. When you suffer from agonizing pain toward the base of your spine, you can't do physical labor or even manage many sedentary office tasks, much less enjoy a comfortable productive home life. The good news is that you don't have to let lower back pain keep you down, nor do you need surgery or painkiller to stop it. Natural treatment can help you conquer your lower back pain.

Why Do People Suffer From Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is practically inevitable at some point or another. The lower back supports the entire upper half of the body, which represents a considerable weight. An acute injury can tear back muscles, dislodge vertebrae, or herniated discs in the lower back. Constant or repetitive strain from a musculoskeletal imbalance or poor posture can lead to chronic lower back strain.

Chronic lower back pain often stems from natural changes in your physique. For instance, as you get older, your spinal discs can start to flatten and bulge, straining vertebral joints, and pinching major nerve roots. (In the lower spine, pinched sciatic nerve tissue can cause leg pain as well as lower back pain.) Spinal arthritis is another cause of age-related lower back pain.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Lower Back Pain: Procedures and Benefits

A skilled chiropractor can often save lower back pain sufferers from surgery or other extreme measures. Your doctor can identify any spinal alignment issues that might be causing or worsening your symptoms. Gentle, precise applications of force, either manually or through the use of instruments, can shift spinal components back into their proper position, releasing compressed nerves and taking the unnecessary strain off of muscles.

Chiropractors sometimes prescribe other forms of non-invasive treatment to enhance the effectiveness of these lower back adjustments. For example, you may receive a comprehensive treatment plan that includes some combination of chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage, and lifestyle recommendations to help you strengthen your lower back, improve your flexibility, and minimize the risk of future back problems.

Call Our Chiropractic Team Today

Call (407) 327-9000 today to schedule your appointment with a member of our experienced chiropractic care team. Always compassionate, always professional, we have answers to your questions regarding the pain of sciatica.


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