Bothered by Sciatica? Consider Chiropractic Care

Those painful twinges in your lower back may be a warning sign of sciatica. As an experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, and our team at DMC Healthcare recommend that you address those twinges of pain now before they become chronic and more severe.

Dr. Weddle offers comprehensive chiropractic care to treat existing sciatica symptoms and reduce your risk for more serious complications, like nerve damage and immobility.

An overview of sciatica

Sciatica describes a pain that occurs in your sciatic nerve, the large nerve that travels from your lower back and down into your hips, legs, and feet and provides sensations to these areas.

When anything puts pressure on this nerve or pinches it, you’ll experience increasingly frequent lower back pain that can also radiate down into the other areas where the nerve travels. This pain generally feels like electric shocks or a jolting pain that happens with certain movements, especially a cough, sneeze, or other sudden movements.

You may also experience numbness, tingling sensations, or weakness anywhere along the sciatic nerve.

In the most serious cases, persistent pressure on your sciatic nerve can lead to the loss of bladder or bowel function. For this reason, it’s important that you start treating sciatica in the earliest stages to prevent such complications.

The root cause of sciatica

Pressure on the nerve can stem from one or more underlying issues. If you have an increase in inflammation surrounding your sciatic nerve, it can trigger sciatica pain.

Other common causes of sciatica include:

If you sit for long periods of time or work in a job that requires you to twist your back or lift heavy objects, you may also be at increased risk for sciatica.

How chiropractic care can relieve sciatica symptoms

The goals of Dr. Weddle’s care plan for treating sciatica focus on narrowing down the cause of pressure on the nerve and relieving it. You can expect a physical evaluation of your lower back, legs, and anywhere else you feel pain.

Your options for chiropractic treatment may include:

Chiropractic adjustments

Dr. Weddle may use manual adjustments to realign your spine and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower spine. Adjustments can also take the pressure off your nerve that’s caused by bone spurs or a herniated disc.

Spinal decompression

Dr. Weddle also specializes in cervical and lumbar disc decompression, a chiropractic technique that gently stretches your spine on a traction table. This maneuver takes the pressure off your vertebrae and spinal discs to relieve symptoms and protect the health of your sciatic nerve.

Electromyostimulation

To ease spasms that can occur in the muscles surrounding your sciatic nerve, Dr. Weddle may recommend electromyostimulation. This noninvasive treatment uses low currents of energy to stop involuntary contractions and helps muscles relax.

By achieving pain relief with chiropractic care, you can put off or prevent the need for more invasive therapies like surgery. Dr. Weddle also ensures that your spine remains properly aligned during routine appointments to prevent additional sciatica-related complications.

Find out more about the nonsurgical chiropractic options available for treating sciatica by calling DMC Healthcare or requesting an appointment online today. 

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