Sciatic pain is soreness that usually starts in your lower back or flank and moves down your leg on the affected side. This happens when a growth or other condition puts a lot of pressure on your sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that stretches from your lower back to your toes. When this nerve is compressed, it causes pain and tingling in the affected area. When you have sciatic pain, it usually only occurs on one side of your body rather than both sides. Some of the causes of sciatic pain include herniated spinal discs, spinal stenosis, and bones spurs. Bone spurs can grow on your spine and press on the sciatic nerve. Herniated discs can push onto this nerve and cause pain, while spinal stenosis, which occurs when your spine becomes more narrow, leaves less room for your sciatic nerve.
Sciatic pain does not affect everyone in the same way. You might have pain that feels like a dull ache in the affected area, or you might have sudden and very sharp jolts of pain in your lower back and leg. In some cases, this pain can be severe enough to prevent you from walking or doing other everyday activities. The pain might also get more severe at times, such as while you’re coughing or sneezing. If you sit for long periods of time, you might notice that sciatic pain gets much worse when you stand up. Other symptoms of sciatica can occur along with pain, such as tingling in one or more of the affected areas. Your muscles in these areas might also feel weaker than usual.
When you have a mild case of sciatic pain, it might resolve on its own with nonprescription medications and gentle stretching exercises. Applying ice or heat might also help. In some cases, these treatments are not enough to ease pain along the sciatic nerve. When you have severe sciatic pain or if your pain lasts for weeks at a time without improving, chiropractics can help. Health First Injury & Pain Centers offers chiropractic care for sciatic nerve for patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our skilled chiropractors can provide you with effective relief from mild to severe sciatic pain.
Our spinal adjustments, which are part of our chiropractic services, can help ease the pain associated with sciatica. Our doctors can carefully realign your spinal discs, which removes pressure from the sciatic nerve. As this pressure leaves, you should experience reduced pain, tingling, and other symptoms. With your discs realigned, your body can heal properly, which lowers your risk of having sciatic pain flare up again.
We also provide physical therapy, which helps make your lower back muscles stronger. Physical therapy exercises can also help you maintain a normal range of motion. Stronger muscles and a flexible range of motion help reduce your risk of having recurring sciatica. Our nutritional counseling can also help you follow a healthy diet to keep your weight within a healthy range, which reduces your risk of sciatic pain.