Sciatica Treatments and Diagnosis at West Hartford Chiropractic
Sciatica is a painful and disruptive condition making daily activities difficult. Symptoms commonly include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the lower leg and/ or thigh. It is typically caused by injury or pressure to the sciatic nerve or to the nerve roots in the lower back that form the sciatic nerve. Such as; disc herniation in the lower back radiating pain along the sciatic nerve. At West Hartford Chiropractic in West Hartford, CT, we will help treat your condition and manage your symptoms so it doesn't rule your life.
What Causes Sciatica?
The cushioning discs between your vertebrae support your movement, which should be pain-free. However, these discs weaken due to overuse or improper motion. In that case, fluid can leak and fill the space meant for your sciatic nerve, causing nerve compression and a less smooth process of transmitting messages, which leads to pain, weakness, and numbness. In addition, if the vertebrae shift out of place or the lower spinal canal narrows, the sciatic nerve may not have enough room.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Many symptoms are associated with sciatica. Many patients experience hip pain, lower back pain, foot pain, and discomfort that travels down one or both legs, typically ending in the calf. Since your sciatic nerve is located near the base of your spine in the lower back, discomfort is generally felt in the bottom half of your body. Conditions such as spinal degeneration, herniated discs, and tension in the hip muscles may also press on or inflame the sciatic nerve.
Treatment Options for Sciatica Relief
At West Hartford Chiropractic, no person should live in chronic pain. Sciatica can be debilitating, but manageable with the proper chiropractic care. First, we will determine what caused the issue, whether misalignment, injury, overuse, or something else. Then, we can treat both symptoms and the direct cause.
Through our multiple chiropractic techniques, we can address your sciatica pain. We'll use X-rays to understand better which treatment will work best for you, and use gentle chiropractic adjustments to restore normal motion to your lower back and ultimately free the sciatic nerve. Some people experience immediate relief, while others may need to see us a few times before feeling the full benefits of treatment.
Our services include chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, cold laser therapy, ultrasounds, and low and high-voltage therapy, in addition to the highly effective services we provide to treat sciatica. Depending on the severity and pain associated with your condition, you may respond well to one treatment or need a combination.
Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Sciatica Pain
Do call your chiropractor immediately to schedule an appointment.
Do apply cold pack therapy to the buttocks where the sciatic nerve is for a cycle of 10 minutes off and 10 minutes on at least 3 times a day for 3-5 days. While doing so, reach out to schedule an appointment to see a chiropractor at West Hartford Chiropractic to help treat your sciatica pain.
Do not apply hot pack therapy to the area, although this may cause some relief, it will increase the inflammation of the sciatic nerve.
Do not exercise! Physical activity including physical therapy will immediately increase inflammation and cause additional pain.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor Today!
Don't let sciatica pain affect your daily life. Instead, call West Hartford Chiropractic in Hartford, CT, at (860) 232-5556 to learn more.