If You Have Sciatica Pain, a Chiropractor Can Help
The doctors of chiropractic at Dirks Chiropractic regularly treat sciatica. When we ask patients where the pain is, some point at their back, some at their leg and some point to their hip. Sciatica, medically speaking, is not a medical diagnosis but is itself a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Sciatica is primary characterized by pain that starts in the lower back and extends down the leg and to the foot and toes. However, sciatica is not always felt as pain, sometimes it can felt as a burning, tingling or numbness.
Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower back down each of the legs and to the toes. This nerve delivers messages from your brain to your legs and back again. This allows you to move your legs and walk, feel when something touches your leg and so much more. In other words, this nerve is very big, and very important.
The most common causes of sciatica include:
- A pinched nerve affecting the sciatic nerve
- A disc herniation (a disc in the spine bulges to the side and presses on the lower lumbar nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve)
- Piriformis syndrome (the muscle of the buttocks tightens and irritates the sciatic nerve)
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Trigger point referral (knots in the muscles of the lower back and buttocks can cause the sensation of pain down the leg that mimic sciatica)
The chiropractors at Dirks Chiropractic can address any misalignments of the spine and pelvis through chiropractic adjustments. This takes the pressure off the nerves and aides in the recovery of any disc herniation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractors can help determine the underlying cause of your sciatica and develop the best, natural, non-invasive treatment. Contact Dirks Chiropractic in Greenville, Washington or Williamston today to begin your road to recovery.