Sciatica Can Be Eased With Chiropractic Treatments
Sciatica, also known as nerve pain, can interfere with mobility if left untreated. The condition triggers lower back pain and other symptoms because of a compressed sciatic nerve. It is also one of the complaints we treat at Premier Alternative Health Center. Our Colorado Springs, CO, chiropractor, Dr. Sean Billings, can help alleviate the symptoms using integrative treatments. Spinal manipulation is a core pain-relief treatment that works by taking the pressure off the affected nerve.
What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?
Anything that puts pressure on the musculoskeletal structures in the lower back can be a catalyst for pain. For example, the gel-like contents from a herniated disc may press on or irritate either of the sensitive sciatic nerves and produce pain. These nerves are found in the lower part of the spine and extend down the buttocks to the legs and feet. They are quite sensitive, so even slight contact with any of the spinal structures can cause pain. Other common causes of nerve interference include these underlying conditions:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)
These conditions may develop gradually or instantly due to nerve trauma or injury from an auto accident, sports injury, or a fall. Other risk factors include physical stress, obesity, poor work ergonomics, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Common Sciatica Symptoms
Sciatic nerve pain usually starts in the lower back and may radiate along the pinched or inflamed nerve to the buttock, hips, back of the leg, or foot. Note that only one side of the body is typically affected. Numbness, tingling, or weakness may also occur along the path of the sciatic nerve all the way to the toes.
Sciatica Treatment in Colorado Springs, CO, Can Help
We believe that treating the source of pain is a better way to achieve long-lasting results. That's exactly why your customized treatment plan may include the following holistic healing therapies:
- Spinal Adjustment: Our chiropractor may perform this technique to realign the spine. This lifts the spinal structures off the nerve and corrects the underlying condition causing sciatic nerve pain. Spinal adjustments also create an environment for healing and may lower the risk of corrective surgery. We may even perform ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation and enhance muscle function.
- Spinal Care Exercises: Corrective exercises help to rehabilitate and strengthen the spine and muscles as well as improve flexibility.
Schedule a Visit to Premier Alternative Health Center
Premier Alternative Health Center serves patients in Colorado Springs, CO, and surrounding communities. Our chiropractor can help you manage nerve pain after conducting detailed exams and tests to pinpoint the root cause. You can also return for routine chiropractic care to maintain your health. Call 719-473-0399 to book an appointment.