Sciatica is a term used to describe a set of symptoms. The symptoms stem from problems in the lower back which can occur for a number of reasons; however, the commonality is that the abnormality in the lower back is causing compression, entrapment or irritation of the sciatic nerve roots. This leads to pain that runs down one or both legs. The pain may be accompanied with tingling, burning and muscle weakness.
The problems in the lower back may be chronic or acute. Chronic conditions of the lower back include disc degeneration and osteoarthritis that lead to vertebral subluxation. Sometimes, fluid leaks from a disc (herniation) and irritates the sciatic nerve roots. Many cases of sciatica stem from work-related lower back conditions due to overuse or misuse of the lower back. Acute, or traumatic injuries to the lower back can lead to sciatica as well. Pregnancy and other conditions such as chronic constipation can place pressure on the lower back and cause sciatica.
Treating sciatica means treating the underlying cause. After a thorough exam, a treatment plan will be mapped out based on your individual needs. Common chiropractic care for sciatica include ice/cold therapy, TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and spinal manipulation (adjustments). Spinal decompression can also be used if the underlying cause of your sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc.
Your Stamford, CT chiropractors, Dr. Gabriel and Dr. Heyliger, offer you the very best in sciatica relief. We will carefully evaluate the underlying cause of your sciatica pain and carefully design a customized treatment plan for you. In addition to the above treatments, we also offer patient education on exercises, ergonomics and even proper nutrition to offer you the very best protection from future sciatica pain.
Please call your Stamford, CT chiropractors TODAY and find out more about our treatment plans for sciatica! Start down a pain-free path NOW.