Chiropractic Care Can Treat Sciatica
Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain is a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans and reduces their quality of life. It triggers pain and other symptoms along one or both of the sciatic nerves. Our Victorville chiropractors, Dr. Boehmer and Dr. Korthuis, have treated numerous patients with this condition and can help your pain go away. Treatment is performed at Life Chiropractic using a selection of chiropractic care techniques and therapies that work to decrease pain and improve mobility.
What Causes Sciatica?
The pain usually starts in the lumbar spine as a result of lower back injuries or herniated discs that pinch or irritate the nerve. Misaligned spinal joints, muscle strains or sprains, obesity, and pregnancy may also cause the condition. In addition, there are specific conditions that set off sciatic nerve pain symptoms. They include:
- Spinal arthritis
- Lumbar herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
Common Sciatic Nerve Pain Symptoms
The sciatic nerves run from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and then down the legs to the feet. However, the pain usually starts in the lower back and may travel downward to the toes. It may be sharp or dull or a burning sensation and may occur along with numbness, tingling, or weakness in the lower extremities. Coughing, sneezing, or prolonged sitting may worsen the symptoms.
Sciatica Treatment from Our Victorville Chiropractors
Your chiropractic care plan will depend on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Dr. Boehmer or Dr. Korthuis will try to determine your problem by doing a physical exam and an X-ray of the lumbar spine. Based on the test results, we may recommend non-invasive spinal adjustments or spinal decompression to stop the pain, restore the spine, and promote musculoskeletal balance.
- Spinal Adjustment: Involves the use of gentle, controlled pressure to the lower spine. Your chiropractor will use his hands or a small instrument to manipulate and guide the spinal joints, bones, and soft tissue back into alignment. You may feel instant pain relief after the first adjustment. One reason for this is realigning the spine takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve and discs and stimulates healing.
- Decompression Therapy: Our Victorville chiropractors perform non-surgical decompression therapy to relieve disc pain. This treatment involves the use of controlled distractive force to gradually stretch the spine and increase the space between the backbones. The disc material can then pull back into place, thereby relieving the pain.
To speed up healing process, we may recommend moist heat therapy, electronic muscle stimulation, or exercise therapy. These holistic therapies help to relax the muscles, increase blood circulation, and reduce inflammation.
Heal and Recover with Drug-Free Treatments
Experience lasting relief and improved quality of life with sciatic nerve pain treatment at Life Chiropractic. Call 760-241-2000 to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care in Victorville, CA.