As many as 40% of people will experience sciatica. This condition causes pain along the sciatic nerve pathway, which extends from your lower back down into your legs. If you notice lower back pain that radiates down one or both of your legs, chiropractor Sam Aljamal, DC, and his experienced team offer holistic solutions at Interactive Family Clinic in Richardson, Texas. They use chiropractic adjustments, massage, physical therapy, and more to naturally reduce pain related to sciatica and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment over the phone or request one online to learn more about your treatment options for sciatica.
Sciatica is pain that radiates through the path of your sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that begins at your lower back and branches down into your hips, butt, and legs. Sciatica may only affect one side of your body, but the pain and discomfort associated with it can be severe.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have sciatica:
You might also experience tingling, muscle weakness, or numbness in one of your legs or feet with sciatica.
Anybody can develop sciatica, but your risk increases with older age, obesity, prolonged sitting, and diabetes. If you have a job that requires you to carry heavy loads, drive for long periods, or twist your back, your risk of sciatica increases.
To diagnose sciatica, your Interactive Family Clinic doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history. After an exam, you may have to complete a series of movements to rate your pain. Your chiropractor might also use imaging tests, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or electromyography, to diagnose your condition.
The chiropractic team at Integrative Family Clinic may recommend one or more of the following sciatica treatments:
Adjusting your spine with a series of controlled forceful movements can realign the spine and alleviate pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Physical therapy exercises and stretches strengthen your muscles and joints, increase flexibility, and relieve your sciatica pain naturally.
Massaging tight muscles and other tissues can reduce pressure on compressed nerves and offer natural pain relief.
Steroid injections help reduce inflammation and pain caused by sciatica. Your chiropractor might recommend injections in addition to the sciatica treatments above.
Don’t let sciatica pain prevent you from staying active and enjoying life to its fullest. Request an appointment with Integrative Family Clinic by phone or online to start relieving your discomfort today.