Find Sciatica Relief at Active Life Chiropractic
Sciatica is an all-too-common pain that radiates along the large sciatic nerve – a nerve that starts in your lower back and extends down through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg. But despite its “two-sided” presence, sciatica usually affects only one side of the body.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched. Causes for this include:
A herniated spinal disk
A bone spur on your spinal vertebrae
Narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis)
Disease-related damage, i.e. diabetes
There are several symptoms related to sciatica. These include discomfort anywhere along the nerve’s path, numbness/tingling/muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot, and trouble with bowel and/or bladder control. Mild sciatica disappears over time, but some forms of sciatica involves excruciating pain. Risk factors associated with sciatica include:
Age, which leads to spinal changes that can cause bone spurs and herniated disks
Obesity, a condition that puts undue pressure on the spine
Occupation, especially jobs involving heavy lifting
Lifestyle, specifically people who sit for long periods
Diabetes, a disease that increases the risk of nerve damage
No matter what’s causing your sciatica and where the pain is occurring, the experts at Active Life Chiropractic can provide fast, beneficial sciatica relief.
Here’s a summary of our approach:
We’ll conduct preliminary exams to locate the source of your sciatica, concurrent with questions concerning your symptoms and pain history: how long have you experienced pain, does anything make it better/worse, etc. We’ll also do tests for range of motion, posture, muscle spasms, reflexes, and pain spread.
As “conservative care” doctors, surgery and drug prescriptions are beyond our scope. However, we do utilize nerve scans and x-rays to facilitate our diagnosis and support our treatment recommendation. Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, we’ll administer one or both of these analyses. If we discover that your sciatica is too severe for us to treat, or is intertwined with a larger medical issue, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
Prior to commencing treatment, we’ll share our diagnosis with you, discuss treatment options, and talk candidly about time-frame and expectations. We’ll also get your insurance and payment options squared away.
Depending on your symptoms and age, and the location of your sciatic pain, there are several treatment options we can pursue. First and foremost is spinal manipulation, which we use for many back pain-related maladies since it’s proven to alleviate nerve irritability by realigning the spinal column. Another treatment option is cold therapy, which reduces inflammation and pain. We’ll also discuss ultrasound, whose soundwaves achieve deep tissue penetration and promote good circulation. This in turn helps alleviate stiffness, pain, muscle spasms, and cramping. A fourth candidate for relief is a TENS unit, which uses electric current to stimulate muscles and reduce pain and spasms.
For sciatica relief, don’t settle for second-best. Trust Active Life Chiropractic, a proven sciatica expert serving Charlotte, NC. Contact us today to make an appointment and learn more about our sciatica treatment.