Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Sciatica is different from common 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 Proficient Chiropractic in St Louis 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 pain in the sciatic nerve 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 chiropractors 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 manipulation puts the vertebrae back into place, while massage therapy helps the muscles relax, making it easier for you to regain your ability to move freely.
Contact Us for Chiropractic Care in Saint Louis
Our team at Proficient Chiropractic is ready to help patients in the Saint Louis area manage their sciatica. Offering a combination of chiropractic adjustments and regenerative medicine, our chiropractors will create a customized plan that works best for you. Give us a call at 314-447-0725 or contact us online to schedule your first appointment.