Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the legs for millions of people. Sciatica is most commonly caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back of the leg. While there are many treatments available for sciatica, chiropractic care may be one of the most effective.

Our chiropractors in Uniontown can help you find relief from your symptoms and get you back to living your life. If you are suffering from sciatica, call us today and schedule a consultation. We can help you find the relief you need.

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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain to radiate along the path of your sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica usually only affects one side of your body.

The most frequent cause of sciatica is compression of the nerve from a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine. This creates inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the limb that is affected.

Although the discomfort caused by sciatica can be intense, most cases respond favorably to non-surgical therapies in a few weeks. People with severe sciatica accompanied by significant leg weakness, and bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery.

Causes of Sciatica

A herniated disk is the most frequent cause of sciatica. A disk serves as a cushion between your vertebrae’s bones. A herniated disk occurs when the outer layer of the disk ruptures and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other causes of sciatica include:

  • Bone Spurs: bony projections that form along the edges of bones. Bone spurs can compress the sciatic nerve as it exits the spine.
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the nerves.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: a condition in which the piriformis muscle, a small muscle in the buttocks, compresses the sciatic nerve.
  • Aging: as we age, the disks in our spine can begin to degenerate and bulge, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica is characterized by pain that runs along the sciatic nerve. This often starts in the lower back and extends through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Other symptoms include:

  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Pain that gets worse when sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Pain that improves when lying down or walking
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up or walk

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t wait to get help. Our chiropractic services can provide relief and prevent the condition from getting worse.

Treatment for Sciatica

There are many treatment options available for sciatica, but chiropractic care may be one of the most effective. Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and allow it to heal. Other treatments for sciatica include:

Physical therapy

The physical therapists at our Uniontown clinic can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your spine, which can take pressure off of the sciatic nerve. When the muscles are strong and flexible, they are better able to support the spine and prevent sciatica.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy can help to relieve the muscle tension that is often associated with sciatica. Our massage therapists will work to release the tight muscles and improve circulation in the affected area.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of needles into the skin. This can help to release muscle tension and improve circulation.

Contact Us Today

If you are suffering from sciatica, don’t wait to get help. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you will find relief. Call us today at 866-505-1317 and schedule a consultation.

We can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and help you get on the road to recovery.

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