Chiropractic Care for Sciatica in Garden City, MI
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and runs through the lower back and buttocks and down the back of each leg. Sciatica is the pain and discomfort caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, and it’s a common source of back pain in America. The pain can radiate down through the leg and can become severe, making even walking extremely painful. The good news is chiropractic care for sciatica can correct the underlying condition that’s causing the pressure on the nerve, and thus, provide immediate relief of the pain and discomfort.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve isn’t functioning properly either due to compression or damage. It can occur for a variety of reasons, including degenerative spine conditions such as a herniated or bulging disc or a bone spur that’s pressing on the nerve, a traumatic injury to the buttocks or thigh, or injury or tightness to the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve.
If the irritation of the sciatic nerve isn’t treated, the pain can worsen, and permanent damage can occur.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
The symptoms vary in intensity and are most commonly felt as pain that radiates through the buttock and down the leg. Some feel sciatica as a dull ache, while others will experience sharp, burning sensations, or what feels like a jolt or electric shock. The symptoms can increase with long periods of sitting and can be pronounced when coughing or sneezing.
How Is Sciatica Treated?
The first task in treating sciatica is the diagnosis, which requires a full medical examination. Your chiropractor will then determine any underlying causes for the condition, and then through a treatment plan of spinal manipulation, massage and a series of stretches will relieve the pressure and irritation on the sciatic nerve.
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